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2013: The Year in Pictures
American Liver Foundation Connecticut Division participants are shown in action and celebratory mood at the “Liver Life Challenge” during the annual Disney event. Team members raised funds for the Foundation while taking on the demanding Half Marathon and Full Marathon events.
Members of our Run for Research Team symbolically completed the Boston Marathon nearly three weeks after the event was the site of a shocking bombing on April 15. Team members, who walked the last five miles of the marathon course, said they “took their finish line back” for themselves and for every runner who wasn't able to. Their message: “We are Boston Strong. We are Run for Research!”
This Liver Life Walk, the largest and most successful in the country, was held at the San Diego Zoo. An important fundraiser, the walk drew a record-breaking crowd of 2,000 people. From left to right: Dad with Trent, our one-year-old liver champion, and 13 yr. old Liver Champion, Nick Wallace, a liver transplant recipient.
The Flavors of Phoenix event, which was presented by the Mayo Clinic, took place at The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. First hosted in Phoenix in 1991 with Chef Christopher Gross (who is still involved as Co-Chairman), Flavors went on to become an annual unique culinary event and fundraiser at American Liver Foundation chapters across the nation. At this 2013 event, 34 of Arizona’s premier chefs created a unique gourmet evening for more than 400 guests. Upper Photo: Taggia at FireSky Resort won the Judge’s Choice for Table Décor. Lower Photo: Co-Chairman: Michael DeMaria, M Catering by Michael’s.
The Mt. Shasta Climb, the annual Liver Life Challenge hosted by the Northern California and Nevada Division of the American Liver Foundation, offers a ticket to stand on the summit of the second largest volcano in the United States. This worthy fundraiser for liver disease is described this way for those who are willing to train hard and make it all the way to the top: “Sweat it out with fellow climbers and encourage each other to reach the summit. We make climbing and summiting a team sport! Upper Photo: The team during the climb. Lower Photo: The climbers’ base camp.
The Gala was held at New York’s historical Gotham Hall to honor three recipients: Jean Emond, MD, the Thomas S. Zimmer Professor of Surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Vice Chair and Director of Transplantation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center; Thomas Farley, MD, MPH, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Tom Nealon, National ALF Board Chair for his outstanding volunteer commitment to the Foundation.
At the gala, from left to right: Honoree Tom Nealon; Grammy Award-winning artist Jon Secada who performed at the event; NBC anchor and event host Shiba Russell, and honorees Dr. Jean Emond and Dr. Thomas Farley.
From left: Zachary Rue, who was diagnosed with biliary atresia at birth, and Tom Nealon. Ten years ago, Tom decided to run to raise money for the American Liver Foundation. He was matched with one-year-old Zachary as his patient partner. Their partnership raised over a million dollars over the past decade, and Tom says the experience and getting to know Zachary has changed his life and made him a better person.