We are proud to announce AbbVie as a National Gold Sponsor of our Liver Life Walks and a National Bronze Sponsor of our Flavors Culinary Experiences. AbbVie is a worldwide leader in the biopharmaceutical industry and we would like to thank them for the support of our mission and commitment to fighting liver disease. Click here to learn more about Abbvie’s current areas of focus and make sure to visit our national Walk Page and Flavors Page for information on the remaining events scheduled for this fall.
Dishing in Dallas
The American Liver Foundation’s Desert Southwest Division hosted its inaugural Flavors of Dallas event on June 25th.
More than 150 guests were treated to five-course meals prepared tableside by 14 of Flavors of Dallas premier chefs dining on such mouth-watering dishes as Summer Squash Carpaccio, Maryland Style Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Lemoncello Chocolate Hazelnut Semifreddo with Macerated Blueberries, Cocao Nibs and Biscotti.
Special guests included Tom Nealon, ALF’s National Board Chair and National Board Members Allan Doerr and Michael Kerr. Mr. Kerr was the evening’s “Fund The Mission” speaker.
This is part of the Desert Southwest Division’s expansion into the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
ALF’s signature Flavors events bring together local chefs and supporters of ALF to share an evening of good food and fun. To find out about a Flavors event in your area, please visit liverfoundation.org/Flavors.
American Liver Foundation Stands With the Global Community to Support World Hepatitis Day
The American Liver Foundation was proud to be among the hundreds of organizations that took part in events and activities to commemorate June 28th’s World Hepatitis Day.
Our national office provided a groundswell of information about all forms of hepatitis via many social media channels and worked with the divisions to promote to their constituencies.
An official ALF statement and a continuous output of facts and messages in the days leading up to and on World Hepatitis Day, information about hepatitis and linkage to local resources was posted on ALF’s national (liverfoundation.org) and division websites as well as national and division Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. These efforts engaged followers to spread the word to other patient advocates, family members and friends.
The social media campaign encouraged people to share their stories about living with hepatitis and join the discussion with the global community through the use of hashtags such as #worldhepatitisday, #hepatitis, #thinkhepatitis and #americanliverfoundation. We invite you to join this community and add to the discussion.
Our Greater New York Division participated in New York City’s first annual Hepatitis B Awareness Week from July 21 through July 28th’. Members of the Hepatitis B Coalition, the American Liver Foundation and doctors from the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center gathered on the steps of City Hall to advocate for awareness of the disease.
On July 25, the American Liver Foundation’s Connecticut Division teamed up with the Bridgeport Community Recovery Center to provide a Viral Hepatitis Education Program as part of efforts to support the upcoming World Hepatitis Day and align with July 25th’s designation of National African American Hepatitis C Action Day.
ALF presented its Viral Hepatitis Education program, which outlined ALF resources, including the National HelpLine (1-800-GO-LIVER - 1-800-465-4837) and hepC123.org website. The Greater Bridgeport Adolescent Pregnancy Program provided free hepatitis C testing.
Senator Andres Ayala, who represents Bridgeport and Stratford, Connecticut, was in attendance and discussed community resources.
ALF’s Rocky Mountain Division also showed their support for World Hepatitis Day. Working with Avella Specialty Pharmacy, Denver Colorado AIDS Project and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the American Liver Foundation was part of a hepatitis C testing day that took place in Denver. The group provided rapid hepatitis C testing, educational information about the virus and other diseases and linkage to care. Rapid HIV testing along with rapid hepatitis C testing was also offered to anyone concerned about co-infection. Counselors were on-site for anyone with positive results.
ALF Chairman Tom Nealon and Connecticut Divsion Program Manager Donna Sciacca at the White House for World Hepatitis Day
And the American Liver Foundation went to Washington. On July 30th, National Board Chair Tom Nealon and the Connecticut Division’s Program Manager, Donna Sciacca, attended the White House Office of National AIDS Policy and Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Commemoration of World Hepatitis Day.
Established by the World Hepatitis Alliance and the World Health Organization, the goal of World Hepatitis Day is to generate greater awareness about the disease and issue a call to action among nations to acknowledge hepatitis as an important global health threat; improve access to treatment; create better prevention programs and spur greater government action. Hepatitis affects more than 400 million people worldwide.
ALF Hosts Webinar on Hepatic Encephalopathy
On July 30th, ALF held another webinar, HE: Ask the Experts, the fourth in a series of live webinars on hepatic encephalopathy (HE). To watch Ask the Experts, as well as all of our 2014 webinars, please visit click here.
Climbing for a Cause
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James and Kaleb McGuffey on Mount Rainier
In June, Denver-area resident James McGuffey and his son Kaleb, completed a five-day climb of Mount Rainier in honor of his wife Carleen who is living with hepatitis C and to raise money for the American Liver Foundation. Read more about James and Carleen’s story here.
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Apigee employees Dave Hinman (Team Caption) and Zach Ellis on Mount Shasta
On June 13th, our Northern California and Nevada Division led a team of 19 hikers to the summit of Mt. Shasta -- the second highest peak in the Cascades -- on an overnight climb to raise funds for ALF. This is part of ALF’s Liver Life Challenge event. Fourteen of the 19 hikers made it to the summit.
On June 21st, The Greater Los Angeles Division held their Liver Life Walk Orange County at a new venue, William Mason Regional Park in Irvine, CA. The new site was a great success and now the Greater LA Division is gearing for the Liver Life Walk in Los Angeles and Flavors of Orange County on August 24 honoring Dr. John Hoefs, professor emeritus of medicine at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.
Also on June 21st, the Liver Life Walk Cincinnati celebrated its fifth annual event to benefit ALF’s Heartland Division. It was a record-breaking year with 549 walkers and 36 teams. They exceeded their fundraising goal by nearly 45%.
Learn the Facts on Using Acetaminophen Safely
Did you know that acetaminophen is found in more than 600 different prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including pain relievers, fever reducers, cough, cold, and allergy medicines, as well as sleep aids? It is the most common drug ingredient in the United States and while safe and effective when used as directed, too much acetaminophen taken in one day can lead to liver damage or even liver failure. The American Liver Foundation is pleased to partner with the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition on its Know Your Dose Campaign, designed to raise awareness and offer practical advice for safe acetaminophen use. For more information, please visit our website.
ALF Calls on Government Leaders to Provide Clarity on Drug Names
The American Liver Foundation signed on to a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, calling for all biologic medicines, including biosimilars, to have distinguishable names to better ensure effectiveness and safety once a medication is approved. This will better inform clinicians and help improve patient outcomes, particularly in minority populations. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health led the effort with several other organizations serving diverse communities adding their voices.
ALF Launches New Education Program
Thanks to ALF’s Mid-Atlantic Division’s Medical Advisory Committee and Executive Director Ivory Allison, a new Teens to Twenties: Liver Wellness Guide education program got off the ground. Aimed at high school and college-aged students, Teens to Twenties covers general liver health and the social and lifestyle issues facing today’s youth, including risks of binge drinking, drug use, tattooing, body piercings and sexual behavior. Discussions about risk factors for viral hepatitis and information about the safe use of over-the-counter and prescriptions drugs are also part of this program.