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Toronto LIVERight Gala 2019
A Fundraiser in Support of Liver Research and Education
Join us on Friday November 15, 2019 at the Liberty Grand, and help us celebrate 50 years of bringing liver research to life for the benefit of Canadian children and youth affected by liver disease.
This year, the LIVERight Gala is a particularly special night as we are celebrating our 50th anniversary. Our forward-thinking founders established the CLF in 1969 as the first organization in the world dedicated to funding research and education into all forms of liver disease.
We will be celebrating James Bond style! Guests will dress to impress and break out the dancing shoes for this unforgettable evening featuring; reception, gourmet four-course meal, acoustic performance by rising Canadian superstar Eric Ethridge, live and silent auctions and of course, inspirational stories from liver disease survivors.
Featuring Performance by Canadian superstar Eric Ethridge
Rising country singer with an undoubtedly unique path, this past year has seen him pivot from a profession as a doctor to full-time country artist. Canadian-raised, his extended play record (EP) hit number one on his country’s overall iTunes chart and was streamed over 3 million times in the first 6 weeks, with no promotion. Subsequently, the lead track earned a coveted spot on SiriusXM’s tastemaker program “On the Horizon” for 24 consecutive weeks.
Come meet Eric at the Gala, get your tickets here.
Every dollar advances liver research.
Liver disease is a silent killer. Most people don’t know they have it until the liver is severely damaged. Liver disease affects men, women & children of all ages. For 50 years, the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) has demonstrated its commitment to Canadians by investing donor’s funds into education programs and services and providing hope for those suffering with liver disease by funding much-needed liver research.
2018 LIVERight Gala Recap
Thank you for being part of the 2018 Toronto LIVERight Gala in support of children and youth living with liver disease! We hope you enjoyed the inspiring words of our Board Chairperson Dr. Sherman, and our honoured researcher Dr. Kamath.
We are thrilled to announce that with your support we raised over $1 Million at our signature event across the country. Your generosity has helped lay the groundwork for new liver disease treatments to be discovered, and for our initiatives supporting anyone affected by liver disease to continue.
Because of your generosity, we are able to forge a new frontier of hope for children affected by liver disease. You have done your part in providing researchers with the funds they need to continue improving the lives of Canadians and bring us one step closer to the answers we need.
2018 Photo Gallery
2017 Photo Gallery
Meet our Special Guests
Alessandria was first diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) a disease that slowly breaks down the bile ducts of the liver, at two-years-old. Suffering from frequent tummy aches, sleeping for 12 to 13 hours a night, and napping for three hours a day, her parents took her frequently to the ER where she was eventually given her diagnosis. PSC is manageable, but will never go away.
“We were shocked to hear that for the rest of her life Alessandria would be taking medication, » remarks Natalie, Alessandria’s mother.
Now at age 10, Alessandria sees her hepatologist every three months where she undergoes blood work to check her liver enzyme numbers. Her parents continue to ensure she keeps on top of her countless medications and vitamins.
Alessandria’s parent’s worst fear is that one day soon she will need a liver transplant.
Still, it can be difficult for Alessandria and her family to interact with others who have little understanding of how this liver disease impacts their family.
“People will say she doesn’t look that sick so it can’t be that bad,” says Natalie, Alessandria’s mom. “Yet, they don’t know how she feels daily, the amount of medication she needs to take, or how many hospital visits she must endure.”
“It is amazing how quickly a life can change!” remarks Julie, Brock’s mother.
Brock Chessell was on the ice feeling fine, but just two days after hockey tryouts ended, the 10-year-old St. Mary’s resident was in the hospital with a liver cancer diagnosis.
After a visit to their family doctor to check on Brock’s severe weight loss, he was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a type of liver cancer.
Brock, also a pitcher and second baseman, plays triple-A for the U11 Ontario Expos. So you can see that Brock was a very active sports enthusiast! But from that day at their doctor’s office and for the next five months everything changed for Brock and his family – he couldn’t participate in sports; he missed school due to long and arduous chemo sessions. But Brock and his family stayed positive and knew a cure would be found before it was too late.
Brock was placed on the waiting list for a liver transplant as the liver cancer specialist ruled out the possibility of receiving an organ donation from a living donor. On August 23rd Brock had a liver transplant. Brock is now considered cancer free and just finished the last round of chemotherapy in September.
Brock’s determination and support from family and friends enabled him to be one of the first liver transplants patient to be released from hospital so quickly!
“We will be forever grateful to the organ donor and his or her family for offering this incredible gift of life to Brock,” says Julie, “and we are so thankful to the Canadian Liver Foundation knowing that their focus on liver research is so strong and successful”.
Nathan was born November 15, 2015 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Like most babies, during the first few days after birth Nathan was quite jaundiced. He was routinely treated with photo-therapy and we were sent on our way.
During the first two weeks after photo-therapy, we noticed that he was becoming increasingly more jaundiced. At each trip to the family doctor, I expressed my concerns for his jaundice, often being reassured that the yellow presence after photo-therapy takes time to fade. By the third visit, we convinced the doctor to retest his bilirubin, which unfortunately had increased and he was diagnosed with biliary atresia.
At five weeks old, Nathan had a Kasai procedure. Over the next few months the Kasai partially worked, which was so helpful to allow Nathan to get a little bit bigger for transplant assessment.
In May of 2016, Nathan’s health dramatically declined and his liver began to fail. On June 15th, 2016, Nathan had a liver transplant at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto; his mom Alicia was his living donor. What a day that was!
Now, Nathan is a happy healthy 19 month old! He is so silly; he loves playing with his older brother Logan, and can easily keep up with other kids his age. « You would never know that just one year ago, our healthy, happy boy was not so healthy » Alicia Nathan’s Mom.
Randy Bachman performed at the 2017 LIVERight Gala in Toronto.
Few artists can claim to have made a bigger impact on popular music than Randy Bachman, widely regarded as the “architect of Canadian rock ‘n’ roll.” His renowned songwriting acumen produced “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” “American Woman,” “Let it Ride, “Taking Care of Business,” “Looking Out for #1,” “No Sugar Tonight” and “These Eyes,” tracks that have become pop‐culture touchstones. His accomplishments haven’t gone unrecognized, of course. In addition to his induction into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, Bachman has the distinction of being the only one of his countrymen to be inducted twice into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, most recently alongside his fellow original Bachman‐Turner Overdrive members in 2014.