Boston Marathon Runners Hit the Pavement to Fight Liver Disease

April 10, 2023

127th Annual Boston Marathon is Monday, April 17th

The American Liver Foundation (ALF) is proud to once again be a member of the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program for the 2023 Boston Marathon®, which takes place on Monday, April 17, 2023.

As the Boston Athletic Association’s first official charity team, ALF has a long history in Boston. Since 1988, the American Liver Foundation Marathon Team has made a dramatic impact on the American Liver Foundation's mission to promote education, advocacy, support services and research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of liver disease. Since joining the B.A.A. Charity Program, ALF has raised over $40 million.

“We are so proud of the long history we have with the Boston Athletic Association, and we are tremendously grateful for their long-standing partnership and support,” said Lorraine Stiehl, Chief Executive Officer of American Liver Foundation (ALF). “For those running for ALF, the cause is often very personal. Liver disease affects their family members, friends or loved ones and the funds they raise through the Boston Marathon® are critical in our fight against liver disease.”

For one family, this April will not only be a chance to run and raise funds in honor of their dad, but it will also be an opportunity to celebrate a life-saving transplant. Boston-based sisters Emily and Sarah Tully, who were ALF’s 2022 National LIVEr Champions, run in honor of their dad, Keith, who suffers from primary schlerosing cholangitis (PSC) and autoimmune hepatitis. At long last, the Tully sisters can celebrate that their dad, Keith, has found a donor match and will receive the gift of life later this month through a living donor liver transplant from a long-time family friend. Emily and Sarah run and fundraise with Sophie Long, who is herself a living organ donor to a liver patient who suffered from the same two diseases. Together, this tremendous trio has raised nearly $80,000 for ALF this year alone. 

“Every April is special to us because of our family’s long-standing participation in the Boston Marathon but this April, will be extra sweet because our dad will finally receive a life-saving transplant and we are so grateful,” said Emily and Sarah Tully. “We are more committed than ever to helping ensure that every liver patient who needs a life-saving transplant can find one and that we raise funds and awareness about living organ donation.” Find their fundraising page here or by visiting

The American Liver Foundation team is comprised of novice to experienced runners, most ofwhom have a connection to liver disease. To support individual runners in the 2023 Boston Marathon, view the team list and donate with the Boston Marathon® official giving platform, GivenGain. Participants include: 

  • Lindsey Cunniff: Joining the ALF team for the third time, Lindsey ran the Boston Marathon® in 2018 and 2022 in honor of her father who died of liver disease in 2017.
  • Bill Ducasse: Running in honor of his wife, Tracy, who was diagnosed with cirrhosis. This will be his second marathon with team ALF. 
  • Fred and Kristin Kostecki: Running for their daughter, Abigail who, at the age of four, was diagnosed with congenital hepatic fibrosis with portal hypertension.
  • Brian MacMahon: Liver patient joining team ALF for the 15th time.
  • Jim O’Connell: This will be Jim’s 10th run with the ALF Marathon Team in Boston. He runs in honor of his father who passed from liver cancer.
  • Russell E. Tanguay, Jr. Running his 10th marathon, this is his third with Team ALF in the Boston Marathon®. Russell, who suffered complications from a rare liver infection, runs to raise awareness and funds for research, patient assistance and finding a cure. 
  • Billy Whitney: This will be Billy’s 10th run with the ALF Marathon Team. To date, he has raised over $120,000. Billy joined the team to celebrate his survival after being diagnosed with early-stage cirrhosis at 25 years old.

Find a listing of the full American Liver Foundation (ALF) 127th Boston Marathon team.

About the American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation is the nation’s largest non-profit organization focused solely on promoting liver health and disease prevention. The American Liver Foundation achieves its mission in the fight against liver disease by funding scientific research, education for medical professionals, advocacy, information and support programs for patients and their families as well as public awareness campaigns about liver wellness and disease prevention. The mission of the American Liver Foundation is to promote education, advocacy, support services and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. For more information visit or call:1 800 GO LIVER (800-465-4837).

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