While it may be overshadowed by Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is also Liver Awareness Month.
The American Liver Foundation is reaching out to raise public awareness of the importance of liver health.
According to a press release, “More than 30 million Americans have some form of liver disease.”
Liver disease is among the ten major causes of death in the country, yet “there was no national voluntary health agency devoted exclusively to combating liver diseases until 1976, when the American Liver Foundation was formed,” says the website liverawareness.org.
“The American Liver Foundation was created in 1976 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). This organization of scientists and healthcare professionals was concerned with the rising incidence of liver disease and the lack of awareness among both the general public and the medical community.”
As liver problems do not just strike older Americans, a key partner is the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA).
“Since 1986 more than $110 million has been raised across the country for thousands of children and young adults needing a life-saving organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant,” According to the agency’s website, cota.org.
“COTA also works with individuals of any age with a single-gene disorders such as Polycystic Kidney Disease, Cystic Fibrosis or Sickle Cell Disease.
“COTA’s services and guidance are provided at no charge to transplant families. 100% of each contribution made to COTA in honor of patients helps meet transplant-related expenses, and gifts to COTA are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. COTA funds can be used for transplant-related expenses that include lodging, transportation, household expenses, prescription medications, insurance premiums, living donor costs and much more.”