Liver Foundation’s fund-raiser, Liver Life Walk Rockford, set for June 12

June 9, 2010

From press release, flier

The American Liver Foundation’s (ALF) fund-raiser Liver Life Walk Rockford 2010 will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 12, at Road Ranger Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd.,  Loves Park. This event will be held in conjunction with the Rockford RiverHawks baseball game. ALF will receive a portion of each ticket purchased through the ALF office.

Registration starts at 3 p.m., the walk will be at 4, and the game starts at 6:05 p.m. Enjoy a great afternoon with family, friends and colleagues while raising money for people affected by liver disease. You will learn how to purchase tickets through the ALF to attend that evening’s Rockford RiverHawks vs. Joliet Jackhammers baseball game in the special ALF Section.

To register yourself, your team or to volunteer, visit www.liverfoundation.org/walk.

Raise $100 and receive a Liver Life Walk T-shirt. Raise $150 and receive a Liver Life Walk T-shirt plus one game ticket. For $175 raised, you get the T-shirt plus two game tickets. For $500, you get a T-shirt plus four game tickets and will be entered into a drawing for the opportunity to throw out the first pitch with Liverman!

Individual game tickets can be purchased by contacting Joe Davis at the ALF office, (312) 377-9030, ext. 10. Tickets cost $10 each with a portion of the proceeds donated back to Liver Life Walk Rockford.

For more event information, contact Joe Davis, Special Events coordinator, American Liver Foundation Great Lakes Division, at jdavis@liverfoundation.org or call (312) 377-9030, ext. 10.

Some facts about liver disease

There are more than 100 liver diseases affecting children and adults. Liver disease knows no boundaries and does not discriminate against race, gender, age or lifestyle. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) can cause cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure, and is responsible for 8,000 to 10,000 deaths per year. Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC) is usually first diagnosed in people 30 to 60 years old. Women are affected 10 times more frequently than men.

Each year, more than 50,000 people die of liver diseases. There are few effective treatments for most life-threatening liver diseases, except for liver transplants. An average of 15 people per day die because of a lack of available organs for all types of transplants. Biliary Atresiais is a liver disease that affects young infants, sometimes late into their childhood.

The American Liver Foundation, a national voluntary health organization, is dedicated to research, education and organ donor awareness. The Illinois Office is supported by outstanding physicians, scientists, medical institutions, corporate and media leaders who play a vital role in these efforts. ALF is dedicated to a future where effective treatments exist for liver diseases and no one dies waiting for a transplant.

From the June 9-15, 2010 issue

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