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What is the Patient Match Program? The Patient Match Program connects a liver disease patient, survivor, or family with one of the American Liver Foundation’s Run for Research runners, participating in the 2013 Boston Marathon®.
Through frequent communication between patient and runner, patients and family members are able to inspire our endurance participants and spread awareness about the specific type of liver disease that impacts their lives. As part of this program, liver patients, survivors and families will have the opportunity to connect at runner team meetings, training runs, quarterly socials and on marathon weekend. In addition, they also have the option of helping their running partners fundraise.
What is required as part of the Patient Match Program?
What you take out of the program depends on what you put into it. However, we simply ask that you share your story with a runner and provide frequent support and inspiration for his/her training and fundraising. If possible, we’d hope that you connect with them in person, at practice runs, socials and/or at our marathon brunch. While our runners gain tremendous inspiration for the 26.2 miles that they’re running for the cause, as a patient, I can personally say you gain just as much, if not more!
Why I am a Patient Match
Going on my 10th year as a patient match, I have made an amazing friend in my runner. We have watched each other grow over the past 10 years, shared in graduations, job changes, weddings and established a lasting friendship. It is my hope that you will find the same by participating in the program. The involvement and support provided is what makes this program so unique and rewarding to all those involved!
If you’d like to participate in the 25th Anniversary Run for Research Patient Match Program, simply e-mail or call me with a “yes!”
Looking forward to getting to know you!
Elizabeth Stemporzewski, Program Manager