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13 DECEMBER 2020

Progress Is Being Made, But ALF Needs Your Help

Did you Hear the News?

Even though 2020 has been a difficult year due to COVID-19, the American Liver Foundation (ALF) and our liver community received welcome news. This year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to three scientists who made a pivotal contribution to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus. Harvey Alter, MD, Michael Houghton, Ph.D., and Charles Rice, Ph.D. — all previous recipients of the ALF Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award — received their Nobel Prizes on December 10 for the work that paved the way for treatment we have today.

Although millions have been treated and cured of viral hepatitis thanks to Drs. Alter, Houghton and Rice, the need for screening and treatment remains great. Approximately 2 million people are infected with hepatitis C but are currently undiagnosed and untreated.

ALF joined the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to eliminate hepatitis c by 2030.

To accomplish this lifesaving goal, we need your help.

2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine recipients
PC: © Nobel Media. Ill. Niklas Elmehed.

2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine recipients (pictured left to right): Harvey Alter, MD, Michael Houghton, Ph.D. and Charles Rice, Ph.D

Besides the ongoing challenge of viral hepatitis, COVID-19 created a world of uncertainty for our liver community. ALF stepped up and provided information and virtual education to more than 3 million patients, families and healthcare professionals. ALF’s National Helpline staff responded to nearly 10,000 inquiries for guidance and support.


Like many organizations, ALF has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. ALF has adapted and evolved to become stronger and more efficient — with an unwavering commitment to helping patients. Please support the American Liver Foundation today to help provide important resources to the liver community including families who are struggling during the pandemic.

Will you become a liver hero today by donating to the American Liver Foundation?

Together, let’s improve the lives of both children and adults living with liver disease, including viral hepatitis.

Generous friends of ALF have stepped forward with a challenge grant! Any gift you give between now and December 31, 2020 will be DOUBLED, 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?

Last Updated on December 13, 2020


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