The American Liver Foundation (ALF) hosted more than 1,000 Greater New York’s most kindhearted residents for its annual Liver Life Walk Long Island that was held at East Meadow’s Eisenhower Park. Participants stepped up in support of local residents and families currently affected by liver disease.
This year’s walk included an inspiring group of patients, liver donors and recipients, along with family members and friends who have become active advocates for liver patients throughout Greater New York and beyond. One of those patients is Alexandra Busby, who was diagnosed with rare pediatric liver disease Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC) at the age of 2. Small but mighty, she’s currently in a clinical trial fighting her disease.
The Liver Life Walk is held annually across the U.S., including Long Island. AbbVie is the National Presenting Sponsor of Liver Life Walk. The walk was open to the general public and participants are recruited through school groups, corporations and the medical community. Both individuals and teams are encouraged to attend. Food, fun and music were part of this family-oriented day and the band CRISIS performed throughout the morning. It was a fun walk for all ages.
As of presstime, $92,000 was raised with the proceeds of Liver Life Walk Long Island 2015 slated to support education and outreach into underserved communities, as well as the education of high school students on the prevention and treatment of liver disease and to fund research in academic medical centers in Greater New York. For more information, visit www.liverfoundation.org/walklongisland
—Submitted by the American Liver Foundation