Calgary LIVERight Gala Presents
The Ballgowns and Balconies Ball 2020
A Fundraiser in Support of Liver Research and Education
Join us for Calgary’s 7th Annual LIVERight Gala, “Ballgowns & Balconies: The Socially-Distanced Ball” on November 20th, 2020 at the Delta by Marriot Calgary South.
This year, due to COVID-19, we are doing things a little differently to keep you safe. While this annual fundraising event still provides an evening of top-notch entertainment, gourmet food, and the opportunity to support a great cause, this year all these things will be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your own room with a balcony overlooking the courtyard.
The evening comes alive with exciting performances by the Heebee-jeebees and Lars Callieou, Wild Bill DJ, raffle draws, silent and live auctions, and award ceremonies.
We are pleased to announce that our Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Teri Fikowski from CTV Morning Live. She will be leading the festivities from the atrium below.
Liver disease may affect one in four Canadians – men, women, and children. Join us on November 20th to help raise funds and awareness to support those living with liver disease.
Air Canada Raffle
All Albertans (18 and older) are invited to take part in our Air Canada Raffle, opening October 20! (Tickets must be purchased in Alberta.)
The prize includes two economy-class tickets, valid for travel to any North American Air Canada scheduled destination, including Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean, PLUS a one-night stay at the Calgary Marriott Airport and a two-piece set of Bugatti luggage.
Click here to access the draw.
DATE AND TIME
Friday, November 20, 2020
Delta by Marriott
135 Southland Dr SE
Calgary, AB T2J 5X5
Comedian Lars Callieou
2020 Regional Sponsors
Gift in Kind Sponsors
LIVERight Spotlight: Deb Troppmann
In mid-September of 2013, I entered the hospital with flu-like symptoms and an extremely bloated belly. After days of tests, procedures, and interventions, it was determined that I was suffering from acute liver failure due to Budd Chiari Syndrome (blood clots blocking the flow of blood from my liver).
My situation became dire, and my now-husband had to arrange for lawyers to come to my bedside to draw up a will, personal directive, and power of attorney. At just 38 years of age, I was facing my mortality without warning. Just 10 days earlier, I had played the best golf game of my life, and I was generally enjoying an active life having taken a year-long sabbatical from work. The change of the trajectory of my life made my head spin.
On the heels of my liver failure, the rest of my organs began shutting down, too. I was on dialysis and in and out of consciousness in the ICU. I was listed as “Status 3F”—at the top of the list for transplant in Canada. The following day, a liver became available, and I received it the day after that. I had been given 24-48 hours left to live. Only 13 after being admitted to the hospital, I got my transplant.
I will forever be grateful to my donor and donor family for giving me the gift of life. I think of him all the time. I also think about how fortunate I am to have received a transplant at all, as many others in my situation do not receive one in time.
Although my recovery was tough, I try not to dwell on it. Instead, I focus on living my best life. I gained weight during my recovery, but I knew I had to address that and live a healthy lifestyle if I was going to get back to living the kind of life I wanted. I sought out a personal trainer and began to work out with her 3-4 times a week, with a mix of both cardio and weight training.
Now, at 45 years old, I am healthier and stronger than I have ever been—deadlifting more than 200 pounds! I’ve started downhill skiing again after a 25-year hiatus, and I’m even learning to ride a motorcycle!
In September 2019, I walked the Camino Trail in Spain with a group of amazing women. Raising funds for the Canadian Liver Foundation with every step, we approximately 150 kms in 9 days, and we ended our journey on the day of my 6th transplant anniversary.
I have been given a second chance at life, and I don’t take that lightly. I am doing my best to be as healthy as possible, honouring my donor’s great gift. I’m not sure I will ever be able to top the feeling of walking into the Cathedral at Santiago de Compestela for my 6th liver-versary, but I am going to keep having amazing adventures.
COVID-19 has caused me to push pause on some grander plans, but it won’t stop me from continuing to give back to the Canadian Liver Foundation in return for all they have given me.