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28 DECEMBER 2020

Autoimmunity Is On The Rise

Most people have heard of autoimmune disease yet don’t understand what that really means.

When you have an autoimmune disease, your body’s immune system cannot differentiate healthy cells from harmful antigens. This sets off a calculated attack aimed to destroy those healthy cells and causes the affected individual to become incredibly ill – any day, any time and sometimes, without any warning.

Autoimmune diseases of the liver such as Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH), Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) and Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) are no exception.

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 23.5 million Americans are living with the effects of autoimmune liver disease and the number of new cases is on the rise.

Meet Barb, a passionate liver warrior…

Barb Pitts has been battling multiple autoimmune conditions for decades including a rare autoimmune liver disease. As an enthusiastic extrovert, Barb has walked in the American Liver Foundation (ALF) Liver Life Walk for 22 years and has raised over $50,000. Now diagnosed with liver cancer, Barb hopes to receive a liver transplant in 2021. In the meantime, Barb is an inspiration to her network of friends and to our entire ALF liver community.

ALF is the only voluntary health agency dedicated to promoting education, advocacy, research and support services for the prevention, treatment and cure of all liver diseases.

To date, ALF has awarded over $2 million to the research of autoimmune liver disease. Your donation makes the work of ALF possible.


2020 has proven difficult for everyone including those suffering from autoimmune liver disease. Since the start of COVID-19, over three million patients and healthcare professionals have accessed ALF’s virtual education, information and support services.

Will you become a liver hero today by donating to ALF?

Any gift received between now and December 31st will be MATCHED up to $65,000.


Did you know the 2020 CARES Act allows you to deduct up to $300 in donations this year, even if you do not itemize?

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