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Q & A with The Canadian Liver Foundation

September 28, 2017

 

What is the Canadian Liver Foundation?

 

Founded in 1969, the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) was the first organization in the world devoted to providing support for research and education into the causes, diagnoses, prevention and treatment of all liver disease. It has been championing liver health for Canadians young and old since that time. Today, the CLF is bringing liver research to life by promoting liver health, improving public awareness and understanding of liver disease, raising funds for research and providing support to individuals affected by liver disease. 

 

With less than 1% of the CLF’s funding coming from the government, the CLF relies heavily on the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations who choose to support our mission of “bringing liver research to life”.

 

 

Why is your work so important?

Research is the key to the eradication of all liver diseases-but it is only as good as its practical application. Through our advocacy, education and patient support efforts, we share the knowledge gained through research and seek to eliminate the barriers that may limit patient access to research breakthroughs.

 

 

What services/programs do you provide?

 

Investing in life-saving research
Funding for liver research is crucial. Every development today will have a tremendous and exponential impact on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cures for liver disease in the future. To attract new talent, help researchers get established and support new advances and breakthroughs, the CLF funds the research of both senior and emerging investigators, as well as medical students.

 

In the community
In addition to funding the search for answers, bringing liver research to life means sharing what we learn to improve the lives of liver disease patients and those who are at risk for liver disease.

 

Patient support
We assist people coping with liver disease online, in person and via our National Help Line at 1-800-563-5483. We answer their questions after diagnosis, help them understand their disease, and provide them with the resources they need. Through our Peer Support Network, we connect them with others who have gone through the same experience.

 

Education
We help Canadians protect their liver health and prevent liver disease by teaching them about the liver’s vital functions and how to make liver-healthy lifestyle decisions every day.

We encourage early diagnosis and treatment by working closely with the medical community and offering tools and resources on screening and patient care.

 

Advocacy
We strive to improve prevention and the quality of life of those living with liver disease by advocating for better screening, access to treatment, and patient care. We do this by working with federal, provincial and municipal governments, community organizations, health care providers and individuals to raise awareness of liver-related health issues and to push for policy changes

 

 

How can I support?

 

This year the CLF will hold its 16th Annual LIVERight Gala, Friday, Nov. 3rd at the Palais Royale.  We will be featuring the Canadian legend, Randy Bachman and his band for a 90-minute performance as well as a VIP Chill Lounge with Randy along with a host of other exciting highlights. We encourage you to visit our web site at www.liver.ca/torontogala  and learn more about the Gala and how you can attend and support our financial and awareness goals. 

 

There are many other ways you can help and when you visit our web site, visit the “How to Help” section of the site for more information.

 

Or call Sharron Riley-Persson, Director of Fundraising at 416-491-3353 for more details.

 

 

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