MAYWOOD, IL – For the second year in a row, Loyola Medicine and Loyola liver transplant patient Corrine Rossi are the top team and top participant fundraisers, respectively, in the American Liver Foundation's (ALF) 2016 Liver Life Walk in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
"Loyola successfully partnered with Corrine when she was ill and together we triumphed over liver disease, and we are proud to continue to join her as top fundraisers for the American Liver Foundation," said Jamie Berkes, MD, hepatology. Dr. Berkes and the Loyola Liver Team raised almost $8,000, more than double the amount raised by their nearest competitors.
"Thanks to Loyola, I am a survivor and I am committed to helping others become survivors, too," said Ms. Rossi, of Bloomingdale. Ms. Rossi raised nearly $5,000 for the May 14, 2016 annual event. She and the Loyola liver transplant team were honored in a special presentation ceremony at Loyola highlighted by a visit from the ALF liver mascot.
"Liver disease has such negative connotations because of its association with alcohol abuse," said Ms. Rossi, who was diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease at Loyola in 2011. "The liver walks are an important way to educate people and raise awareness." She successfully underwent liver transplant surgery at Loyola in 2013. In addition to volunteering with the liver foundation, she promotes organ donation as a regular volunteer for Gift of Hope.
Loyola Medicine is nationally recognized for its specialty care and research in the field of organ transplantation. In the intra-abdominal transplantation program, a highly specialized medical and surgical team provides comprehensive care for transplantation of the liver, kidney or pancreas. The establishment of this program reflects major progress made in the past decade in the management of these often-complicated conditions and in patient survival. Goals of this program are to provide skillful coordination and optimal patient care to further the understanding of transplantation through education and research. Support groups also are available for patients and families.
"The only bad thing about getting better is that I don't see my Loyola medical team as much. I really consider them to be members of my family," said Ms. Rossi, who now has only a 6-month checkup, thanks to continued wellness. "They saved my life and gave me the inspiration to give back to others battling liver disease."