Vancouver LIVERight Gala 2018
A Fundraiser in Support of Liver Research and Education.
If your odds of winning the lottery were 1 in 4, you would rush to buy a ticket. But what if those same odds represented your chance of developing a serious liver disease? Suddenly, ‘beating the odds’ becomes a matter of life and death. 1 in 4 are the odds facing an estimated eight million Canadians from infants to seniors. But with your help, we can change them.
Taking place on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver this year’s event will focus on our accomplishments that are made possible by the contributions of liver research and education from the Philanthropic Sector, Medical Professionals, and Patients/Volunteers. To read about our special 2018 honorees click here
The LIVERight Program Magazine Volume 5, which will be distributed at the Gala, will include articles from highly respected liver specialists, and patients sharing their inspiring liver journey.
Tickets are $275 per person or $500 for a VIP ticket (Includes a gourmet dinner, raffle, silent auction, entertainment, LIVERight Magazine V5 and a $150 tax receipt or a $375 tax receipt per VIP ticket)
A table of 10 is $2750 or $5000 for a VIP table (Includes a gourmet dinner and the LIVERight Magazine V5 for each person, raffle, silent auction, entertainment, and a $1500 tax receipt per table or a $3750 tax receipt per VIP table).
- Live entertainment
- Raffle + Silent Auction + Prizes
- Program Magazine V5
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2018 AT FAIRMONT HOTEL VANCOUVER
900 W Georgia St, | Vancouver
Drs. Nilu Partovi and Trana Hussaini
Drs. Nilu Partovi and Trana Hussaini are clinical pharmacotherapy specialists in liver transplantation. As medication experts, they are vital members of the transplant team, working closely with physicians to ensure the most efficacious and the safest medications are prescribed for each individual patient. In addition to patient care, Dr. Partovi and Dr. Hussaini are involved in clinical research and academic teaching at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Partovi has been a part of the transplant program in BC since its inception in 1990. She is a clinical professor and clinical coordinator at Vancouver General Hospital who has mentored many clinical pharmacists. Dr. Partovi completed her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia and her Doctor of Pharmacy from Medical University of South Carolina with specialization in transplant and immunology. She received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the B.C. Chapter of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and 2016 Above and Beyond: Lifetime Achievement Award from Fraser Health.
Dr. Hussaini completed her undergraduate degree in pharmacy at the University of British Columbia in 2001 followed by a Hospital Pharmacy Residency program at Vancouver General Hospital. In 2010, she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Washington. She has worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist in the areas of critical care, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplantation and Solid Organ Transplantation. Dr. Hussaini joined the Liver Transplant Pharmacy program in 2012. Her areas of expertise and research interests include hepatitis B and Hepatitis C therapy and immunosuppressive pharmacotherapy. She is a dedicated clinician and a passionate advocate for her patients.
In 2008, Gurdeep Stephens was thirty-five and utterly devastated to learn that her father Arran was going to die. That is, unless he got a liver transplant. This news was such a shock to the family, knowing how Arran had lived so cleanly, eschewing drugs and alcohol since he was twenty years old. Living far away in Florence with her husband Pascal and two young daughters, Gurdeep panicked and immediately got her blood type taken, finding out she was a perfect match. Pascal also got tested but wasn’t the right blood type. From that point on, Gurdeep harboured an unshakable premonition that she would be the one to donate her liver to her father. Not wanting to put their daughter – and granddaughters – at risk, Arran and her mother Ratana refused to consider her selfless offer. Gurdeep’s grandmother had died decades earlier due to complications of the same liver disorder alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency. With Arran sick but relatively stable in 2009, Gurdeep and her family moved back to Canada in order to be closer to her parents; Pascal, a prominent Economist, accepted a Professorship at the University of Victoria. Gurdeep is a trained singer, a writer, and Director of Special Projects at the Stephens’ family business Nature’s Path Foods Inc. Over the following months, Arran’s health deteriorated to dangerously-precarious and still, no cadaver liver presented. The family agonized over each frequent hospital visit to save Arran from the latest threatening infection or crippling ascites build-up. Doggedly determined, Gurdeep signed up as a donor with BC Transplant and continued to pressure her parents to accept her offer. Just as determined, they continued to refuse. As Arran’s health went from worse to catastrophic, this argument continued until early 2011, when Father and Daughter simultaneously underwent each a long, complicated surgery. Gurdeep’s younger daughter was just 4 years old at the time. Notwithstanding, Gurdeep volunteered to lay down her own life, put herself in jeopardy and suffer willingly for the chance to give her father another opportunity at life.
The support of Gurdeep’s husband Pascal and the extended family made this harrowing sacrifice possible. Both father and daughter endured complications which eventually got sorted out. Overwhelmed with thankfulness for this modern medical miracle, Gurdeep and Arran co-wrote a manuscript, “De-liver Me” as a testament to their ultimately successful but challenging journey, hoping to inspire others. They have contributed generously to the hospitals in appreciation of the care given by heroic doctors and nurses. Arran has a joyful new lease on life and Gurdeep continues to sing and has since written and published two award-winning books. Eight years post-transplant, gratitude infuses their lives, love surrounds them as their large, tightly-knit family continues their mission to leave the Earth better than they found it.
The Canadian Liver Foundation acknowledges the following organizations for their support of the CLF’s mission of “bringing liver research to life” to benefit the liver health of all Canadians through research, education, patient support and advocacy.