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Happy Birthday to You and You and You

Dr. James S. Park and ALF Division Board Chair Gina Pollichino

Transplant recipients celebrate their re-birthdays and honor the donors who gave them a second chance at life at the annual Re-Birthday Event sponsored by the American Liver Foundation’s Greater New York Division.

Sandy and Robin Brawer, parents of 17-year-old organ donor Janine Brawer.

Four-year-old Chaise Torio who received a liver transplant as a baby.

On April 12th, 19 transplant recipients gathered on Long Island, NY to celebrate the gift of life and the miracle of transplantation at ALF’s Greater New York Division’s annual Re-Birthday Event.

Transplant recipients ranging in age from 3 to 63, along with family members, shared experiences about what life has been like post-transplant and described the gratitude that they feel toward donors. Family members of donors were also in attendance as well as James S. Park, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and clinical director of the NYU Langone Medical Center hepatology practice at Great Neck. Dr. Park spoke about the latest advances in transplantation.

The event also honors the people who made the greatest gift possible – the donors and their families. Sandy and Robin Brawer shared their daughter Janine’s gift of life and their moving account of how they keep their daughter’s legacy alive through their ongoing work with organ donation. Read more about Janine here.

ALF Hosts Liver Life Walks and Flavors Events throughout the country

After winning the Most Spirited Award, National LIVEr Champion Isaac and his team show their excitement by leading the Liver Life Walk Phoenix!

Too pretty to eat: Flavors of Philadelphia Celebrates its 10th Anniversary. Sweet!

Executive Director, AJ Miller, presents The Flavors of Nashville award for 'Grand Chef' to Executive Chef Derek Fulton from M Restaurant and Bar.

< 8th annual Flavors of Los Angeles took place on May 4, 2014. The event honored Andrew Klein, MD,Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center (left) and Chef Shigefumi Tachibe, Corporate Executive Chef at the Chaya Restaurant Group. Chef Sharone Hakman served as Master of Ceremonies.

It is definitely spring fever at ALF. During the last few weeks, ALF’s Desert Southwest Division held Liver Life Walks in Houston and Phoenix. The Walks raise money for ALF’s research, education and advocacy programs. Thousands take part in the many Liver Life Walks ALF organizes each year.

And five divisions recently held ALF’s signature Flavors event, which features local chefs who prepare multi-course dinners for American Liver Foundation supporters. Flavors events were held by ALF’s Mid-Atlantic (Philadelphia), Nashville, Allegheny (Westmoreland/Pittsburgh), Wisconsin and Greater Los Angeles divisions (Santa Monica).


ALF Hosts Webinar About Hepatitis C

Please join us on Wednesday, May 28th for our live webinar program, Hepatitis C: Treatment Options and the Patient Experience. Our program features a physician and nurse practitioner who specialize in liver disease and two patient advocates who share their experience of living with hepatitis C. All four panelists will be available for a live question and answer session following the presentation. For more information and to register, click here.

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Page updated: May 15th, 2014


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