Ottawa for Stroll for Liver!
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Thanks to the generous support from our volunteers, attendees, special guests, sponsors, and donors, we are thrilled to announce that the 2018 STROLL for LIVER in Ottawa was a great success! With your help, we raised over $23,000, thank you for helping us doubling our local fundraising goal.
Thank you to everyone who teamed up and Stroll with us, we hope to see you all again next year!
- Robert Morin was the MC of the event, he shared his story about his diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, a chronic disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the liver and causes damage. to read Robert’s full story click here
- Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson honored us with his presence and provided some opening remarks as did our new Manager of Development for Eastern Canada, Natasha Fieldman.
- Dr. Xin Xiong from the Ottawa Hospital (and member of the CLF’s National Education Awareness Committee) spoke to our participants about the importance of liver health promotion and funding life saving liver research.
- The Ottawa Stroll for Liver had lots of family friendly activities with glitter tattoos, face painting, two bouncy castles, Junkyard Symphony, Spiderman and two mascots (Big Joe from the Red Blacks and Sparky from the Ottawa Fury). ChefD (from ChefD TV) provided a liver healthy lunch of pulled grass raised beef with two artisan salads, thanks to our regional sponsorship from Nutrafarms. Boom 99.7’s street team also joined us for the Stroll!
Our top fundraising teams this year were:
Trisha Nagpal’s family – They raised over $7400! The Nagpal family started the Stroll in 2006 in memory of their daughter and sister, Trisha, who passed away from Wilson’s disease, a rare inherited disorder that causes copper to accumulate in the liver, brain and other vital organs. Daljit greets the Stroll for Liver participants every year and his wife and daughters play a key role in volunteering to make the event the success that it is. Thank you Trisha Nagpal’s family for your ongoing support to fund life-saving liver research.
Kleiboer Team – They raised over $2500! Debbie Kleiboer celebrated her 6th Anniversary as a liver transplant recipient this year thanks to her live donor, her brother David. Debbie’s sister Cindy wrote their family’s journey in supporting Debbie through the experience of receiving a transplant and put it all together in a journal for Debbie. The incredible gift her brother shared and the ups and downs of navigating the healthcare system are captured in the journal and Debbie shares it to help inform others.
Team Faith – They raised over $2300! Faith Arial was born without bile ducts so her bile damaged her liver. At 5 months old she received a liver transplant, thanks to her mother and liver donor, Jennifer O’Byrne. They have been incredible supporters for the CLF along with Faith’s Grandfather, Gary O’Byrne.
We would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to everyone who donated and participated in this year’s Stroll. It was the goal of CLF’s Eastern Ontario Volunteer Planning Committee to inform, entertain, and provide a liver-healthy forum for our members and their families, all while raising much needed funds for lifesaving liver research and education programs.
2018 Photo Gallery
It was back in February 1988, when Robert found himself struggling to walk home from school. After undergoing a multitude of tests, he was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, a chronic disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the liver and causes damage.
With medication, Robert was able to manage his health for many years. In the back of his mind, Robert knew that one day his liver would begin to fail. That day came in 2009 and when his condition began to worsen, Robert was added to the liver transplant list.
With the help of the Canadian Liver Foundation, Robert was able to connect with other liver transplant recipients who shared their personal stories and experiences with him. Robert received a liver transplant in early 2010. His surgery was a great success and he was declared their healthiest patient only 33 days after his surgery. He thanks his surgeon and the transplant team and is extremely grateful to his anonymous donor and the donor family for their gift of organ donation.
Today, Robert is feeling great; his energy is back. He joined his local Running Room walking group and participated in their ‘learn-to-run’ training program. Robert has gone on to run in local races and become an instructor for the ‘learn-to-run’ program.
Robert has been an active volunteer for the Canadian Liver Foundation in Eastern Ontario for the past 8 years, supporting our fundraising efforts and assisting with major events. Robert provides peer support to future liver transplant recipients, offering guidance, comfort and confidence.
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.