Calgary LIVERight Gala 2018
A Fundraiser in Support of Liver Research and Education.
Join us for Calgary’s 5th Annual LIVERight Gala on November 23rd, 2018 at the Sheraton Cavalier. This annual fundraiser event provides guests a night of top-notch entertainment by Jory Kinjo, gourmet food, and the opportunity to mingle with patients and liver specialists who are making a difference. The evening comes alive with exciting performances, prize draws, silent and live auctions, and award ceremonies.
Liver disease may affect one in four Canadians – men, women and children. This year we will honour the patient’s journey through transplant. Honourees include family members that have given the ultimate gift – the gift of life – by donating a portion of their liver to another family member; and to the doctors and surgeons that make this possible.
DATE AND TIME
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
6:00 PM – 11:59 PM MDT
2620 32 Ave NE
Calgary, AB T1Y 6B8
Featuring: Dr. James Shapiro
Dr. Shapiro is director of the Living Donor Liver Transplant Programs and the Clinical Islet Transplant Program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He is a professor of surgery, medicine and surgical oncology. In addition to these positions, he is leading the Ex-vivo Organ Transplant Protection and Repair Program for the Canadian National Transplant Research Program. This program is supported in part by funding from the Canadian Liver Foundation. Learn more…
Meet our honourees – Taya & Jennifer
Taya’s journey with liver disease began in August of 2007 when she entered into the world. The first couple weeks of life went according to plan; she was developing and growing normally, despite a nagging yellow tinge in her eyes and skin.
“She had 10 little toes and fingers, and a set of very good lungs,” says Jennifer, Taya’s mom. “When we asked nurses what the yellow tinge could be, they suggested that perhaps it was breastmilk jaundice”.
Later due to the advice of a friend (a nurse at the Alberta Children’s Hospital), Jennifer and her husband were advised to take Taya to the emergency room. Their world would soon be turned upside.
Taya was diagnosed as a newborn with biliary atresia, a liver disease that is the leading cause of liver failure in newborns and children, her parents were in absolute shock. At just 11 weeks-old, Taya underwent a five-hour surgery called the “Kasai procedure” required to prevent further damage on her liver and save her liver. The surgery was a success, but one thing was certain; Taya would need a liver transplant in her future. Read full story here.
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