A world without Liver Disease
ALF’s mission is to promote education, advocacy, support services and research
JOIN. RAISE FUNDS. END LIVER DISEASE.
It's not just our motto; it's exactly what you'll be doing when you participate and support in the American Liver Foundation's events.
Your participation at our yearly events (Flavors of Denver, Liver Life Walk, Liver Life Walk Challenges) and your donations helps ongoing work with pressing community issues:
• Your liver is a vital organ. Everything we eat, drink, breathe, and absorb through our skin
is processed by the liver. Food is converted into energy by the liver. It helps digest alcohol
and breaks down toxins. By taking care of your liver you can prevent many diseases.
• Liver disease touches the lives of approximately 30 million Americans which is more than the entire population of people living in the 15 largest U.S. cities.
• 1 in 10 Americans are affected by liver disease. Based on statistics from the census
bureau, there are over 4.7 million people living in Colorado. That’s approximately 470,000
Coloradans affected by liver disease.
• Liver disease and cirrhosis are the 9th leading cause of death in Denver County and the
tenth leading cause of death across the state of Colorado.
• There are currently over 100 known liver diseases and liver disease does not discriminate – it affects men, women and children of every age and nationality from every social and economic background.
• Approximately 15,000 children are hospitalized every year with pediatric liver disease or disorders.
• There are currently more than 500 people in the state of Colorado waiting for a lifesaving
liver transplant. In 2007, only 74 transplants were performed based on available organs. This means that many people will die waiting for a new liver. The American Liver Foundation is among a coalition of organizations in Colorado that promotes organ and tissue donation awareness.
• Liver cancer is the only form of carcinoma in the U.S. that is increasing in incidence.
• 8,000 - 10,000 people die of hepatitis C each year. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention estimate within the next 20 years, the hepatitis C epidemic will cause more
deaths annually in the U.S. than AIDS.
• The American Liver Foundation
|Founded||The American Liver Foundation was created in 1976 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD).|
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Liver Health & Wellness:
Preventing Disease Through Education: http://www.liverfoundation.org/about/education/
Education for Healthcare Professionals: http://www.liverfoundation.org/healthcare/
Youth Education: http://www.liverfoundation.org/chapters/lam
Seeking Answers Through Research: http://www.liverfoundation.org/about/research/
Supporting Patients Through Advocacy: http://www.liverfoundation.org/about/advocacy/
American Liver Foundation Support Community:
HEP C Diagnosis, Treatment & Support: