American Liver Foundation – Run For Research

In November 2014 I became one of many Americans to have been diagnosed with liver disease.  It was a shock for sure! I had so many questions about my disease.  What caused it?  More importantly, what could my family and I expect for an outcome?  The liver may be the largest organ in the body, weighing in at 3½ pounds, but it is neither the most popular nor the best understood. So when a diagnosis of liver disease is made, it can be a frightening and confusing time in the lives of many patients and their families.  After two months of tests and procedures I was diagnosed with FLD (Fatty Liver Disease). The good news is that it was reversible.  The bad news at 290 pounds, it would be a difficult if not impossible task to make the changes in my life I needed to in order ebb the flow of the disease.

I started to jog daily, sometimes returning home exhausted after a half mile.  I began to learn the importance of nutrition. Through trial and error, I learned how many calories my body needed to function, and I adjusted my diet accordingly. I learned so much about nutrition at work.  I am very fortunate to work for Luvo Inc.  Luvo is a lifestyle brand that manufactures trans-fat free and nutrition-focused frozen entrees. As my knowledge of what to eat, how much and when increased, running became easier. In about a year, I lost 100 pounds and began running competitively.  During that time, one of my most reliable resources was the American Liver Foundation.

Did you know:
• Liver disease is one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S.
• Thousands of individuals wait every year for a life-saving liver transplant.
• There are 5.4 million people in the United States living with chronic Hepatitis B or C.
• 25% of Americans are being diagnosed with fatty liver disease (Of which I am one) and 10% are children.

Since the American Liver Foundation was there for me, I have a chance to share my story of success and to help raise funds so the ALF can continue to be the source for information and advocacy for millions of Americans battling liver disease daily. One of the most powerful ways of maintaining liver health and preventing liver disease is education. Many forms of liver disease are preventable, and many more can be cured if detected early. Yet tens of thousands of people in the U.S. are living with liver disease and don’t even know it. That’s why education about liver wellness and disease prevention is at the heart of everything the American Liver Foundation does.

So, at 52 years old, I will be running my first marathon!  On April 17th, 2017 I will be running the Boston Marathon!  By making a donation on my behalf, you will be helping the Foundation provide community-based education, research, support, and advocacy related to help prevent and treat liver disease. Together we can make a difference and it’s as simple as helping me reach my fundraising goal. A world free of liver disease! That is why I am participating in the 2017 Boston Marathon with the American Liver Foundation!

Thank you for your support!
Checks can be made out to American Liver Foundation and Mailed to:
David and Kim Smaltz
90 Lake View Drive Charlton, MA 01507

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