Ottawa LIVERight Gala 2018
A Fundraiser in Support of Liver Research and Education
Liver disease is often seen as an adult problem but in reality, thousands of children in Canada – from newborns to teens – suffer from various forms of life-threatening liver disease. Our urgent challenge is to transform the future of these children, to offer them a realistic hope for a long and happy life.
On Thursday, November 22, the Canadian Liver Foundation Eastern Ontario Chapter will host the annual LIVERight Gala at Ottawa Conference & Event Centre. This fabulous fundraising event is in support of children and youth affected by liver disease.
2018 Honoured Guest, Faith Arial
“I was born on September 24, 2008, healthy but with a common condition of jaundice. My jaundice never went away and at my eight-week doctor’s appointment, I was sent to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). After many tests, the doctors at CHEO said I had biliary atresia.
At 10 weeks old, I had my first of 12 surgeries called a Kasai procedure. The doctors hoped it would allow the bile to flow in my liver. I was in and out of CHEO and my body was getting more and more sick every day.
On February 17, 2009, I was sent to SickKids Hospital in Toronto needing a liver transplant to save my life. On March 9, 2009, I received a new liver from my Mommy. I am now nine years old and I get to enjoy my family, my best friends and my life. I want to raise money to help find a cure for biliary atresia so that other babies and kids don’t need to be sick in the hospital.”
Faith’s strength to share her story, and her readiness to raise funds in support of liver research continues to amaze family and friends alike. She and her family are extremely active participants in the CLF’s annual Stroll for Liver and LIVERight Gala events.
Meet Faith and her family on November 22, buy your tickets here
Individual Tickets: $150 (Includes hors d’oeuvres, three-course dinner, live auction, and an exclusive performance by Tia Brazda)
Table of 10: $1,500 (Includes hors d’oeuvres,three-course dinner for 10 people, live auction, and an exclusive performance by Tia Brazda)
To reserve tickets, or for more information on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please contact Meghann Darroch at email@example.com
Enjoy a special performance by Canadian jazz sensation Tia Brazda
Join LAYNE the Auctionista for a special live auction with amazing must have items!
Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!
Friends of CLF
Auction items for the 2018 Ottawa LIVERight Gala have been generously provided by:
Alleviate Massage Therapy Clinic * Anderson Links Golf & Country Club * BarkBox * Black Prince Winery * Bonnechere Caves * Brian McCourt Designs * Canadian Museum of History * Canadian War Museum * Capital Cutlery Sharpening Ltd East * Château des Charmes * Cosmic Adventures * Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa East * East Side Mario’s * Experience Food * Flo Glassblowing * Funhaven * Gabriel Pizza * Goodlife Fitness * Ingenium * Jacqueline Thibodeau * Jerome – Photographer * Keg Steakhouse and Bar * Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises & Trolleys * La Maison D’or * Moores Clothing for Men * Mr. Shawarma * Ottawa 67’s * Ottawa Holistic Wellness * Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters Association * Ottawa Senators * Our Essential Nature * Papa Gus * Pelican Seafood Market & Grill * Pickle & Myrrh * Pure Yoga Downtown * Resto Le vieux Château * Rosalynn’s Bistro & Catering * Saje Natural Wellness * Shawarma Chef * Spa de Cornwall pour hommes * St. Louis Bar & Grill * terra20 * The Barley Mow * The Garlic King * Top Shape Fitness * True Loaf Bakery * Tyros Restaurant Inc * Waterfall BBQ & Catering * Yalla Yalla
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On November 8th, 2010 Lillian was born after a healthy planned C-section with no surprises but on December 6th at just six weeks old things rapidly changed and Lillian was diagnosed with biliary atresia.
On New Year’s Eve, doctors recommended the Kasaia procedure for Lillian, an operation to replace the damaged bile duct with a new drainage system made from a piece of the small intestine. It worked for awhile, but the 14 medications Lillian was taking daily were not helping and the doctors recommended a liver transplant from a living donor.
Lillian’s father’s was a match for her, but he had to embark on a 9 month routine to become healthier and lose weight to be able to donate part of his liver to his beloved daughter. During this 9-month period, Lillian was in horrible discomfort and as time went on, her spleen enlarged. Her health was up and down causing such distress for Lilian and her family.
Lillian was 14 months old when she received a portion of her Dad’s liver. Unfortunately In the past 3 years Lillian has had 5 liver biopsies because she continues to experience bile duct problems. She may require another transplant in the near future. Lillian’s parents Arlene and Tony trust that the research the CLF funds could soon find the answers to avoid another transplant for their daughter.
Adam was born in Ottawa, on August 21, 2008 weighing 8 lbs, 12 oz. He appeared to be a healthy baby except for his jaundice. After many tests and lots of waiting, Adam was diagnosed with biliary atresia.
At just 5 weeks of age, Adam had his first surgery (the Kasai procedure). The Kasai unfortunately was not successful and his liver continued to become more damaged. Adam’s parents continued to to follow doctors’ instructions giving him the many medications, vitamins and special formula he needed in order to help him grow.
Just 1 week before Adam turned 6 months old, he had his liver transplant his Dad, David donated a portion of his liver. The surgery went well but there were many ups and downs. The first year following his transplant was filled with IV medications every day at first and then once a week, many oral medications, frequent blood work and visits back to the hospital.
Today Adam is an active, social, very happy kid enjoying life to the fullest.
Mike lived his life as an open book never shying away from his own personal battles. In 2011, MacDonald was diagnosed with Hepatitis C which progressed to the point where his liver and his kidneys shut down. He was put on the waiting list for a liver transplant and on March 17, 2013 he underwent a successful seven-hour liver transplant operation.
Late Mike a Canadian Award-Winning comedian, understood the power of laughter. In addition to his successful and well-received live performances all over North America, Mike appeared on numerous TV shows on HBO, Showtime, The Comedy Network, and CBC’s Just For Laughs.
He was also starred in three well received and critically acclaimed specials for the CBC in Canada and for Showtime in the US which include, On Target, My House My Rules! and Happy As I Can Be.
Mike was an incredible supporter of the Canadian Liver Foundation helping raise awareness of liver health and liver disease and we are grateful for his support.