Thanks to the generous support from our volunteers, attendees, special guests, sponsors and donors, we are thrilled to announce that the 2017 LIVERight Gala was a great success across the country. This national event raised over $1.2 million dollars in support of liver research and education! We are happy to be one step closer to a world without liver disease. Thank you to everyone who teamed up to help make the 2017 LIVERight Gala a huge success!
In Ottawa, our guests danced the night away to the tunes of the popular band Take 5. Guests were also inspired by the uplifting stories of our special guests Lillian and Adam's families. For more details on their stories click here.
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Lillian & her family
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 & his family
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 MacDonald – our emcee for the evening
Mike has always 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.
Mike an Canadian Award-Winning comedian, understands the power of laughter. In addition to his successful and well-received live performances all over North America, Mike has appeared on numerous TV shows on HBO, Showtime, The Comedy Network, and CBC’s Just For Laughs.
He has 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 has been an incredible supporter of the Canadian Liver Foundation helping raise awareness of liver health and liver disease and we are grateful for his support.
Thank you to our 2017
National Gala Sponsors!