BENEFITING: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
ORGANIZER: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
In 2007 our beautiful niece & cousin, Alaina Janet, was born with a liver disease called Biliary Atresia. The cause is unknown and her only cure was a life saving liver transplant. After 15 months of failing to thrive, feeding tubes, and numerous liver infections, Alaina finally needed a new liver. Instead of watching her suffer for years on a transplant waiting list, Alaina’s father Arlen decided to donate part of his liver to her. Her parents knew the only place they wanted to be was Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. They do more pediatric liver transplants than anyone in the world and their success rates are the best.
Alaina was only 15 months old at the time of transplant and it was a very emotional & difficult time for our family. It was truly a miracle how her new liver immediately transformed Alaina. Just one day after transplant, Alaina's skin was not as jaundice and the whites of her eyes were no longer yellow! Two weeks later, her feeding tube was removed forever. Alaina had a healthy liver and she was finally thriving!
Here we are nearly 9 years since transplant and Alaina is doing amazing! Most likely she will forever be on anti-rejection medication and is monitored monthly through labs. She loves school, dance and softball. You would never know looking at her what she's been through. Our family will forever be grateful to her wonderful team of doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital!
How can you help us? On May 7th, five members of our family will run as a Relay Team in the Pittsburgh Marathon to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. All of the money we raise will go towards transplant research to help kids like Alaina. No amount is too small and any donation is greatly appreciated!
It's truly an honor to help this exceptional hospital because they saved Alaina’s life and continue to make it better. Together we are helping Alaina & every other child benefit from the spectacular research and care at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh!
Dan Jageman, Keldon Spicher, Ben Dickinson, Ian Jones, & Parker Jones