Hey, America. It’s Liver Life Walk time! One foot in front of the other at an easy pace, chatting with old friends and new ones and drinking free coffee, for just three miles or less, and voila! More people are aware of liver disease and the prominence of it, and the American Liver Foundation has more money to do its fabulous work.
If you’re a potential living donor of a liver, this is a great way to show your support for the people out there who need transplants and might not be so lucky. Trust me — it’s also a great place to tell your story and get some support for yourself from that same community.
There are at least 13 regional walks going on in cities throughout the country, from California to Maryland. Go to http://www.liverfoundation.org/walk to find the location and date of the walk nearest you (hint — click the large “find a walk near you” button to do this).
Lest our kidney and bone marrow friends get jealous of the fun group exercise and comeraderie, fear not! You can learn about annual National Kidney Foundation’s walks around the country at http://www.kidney.org/news/kidneywalk/. I don’t know if the National Marrow Donor Program has a walk program, but they do schedule events throughout the year — full schedule is here.