Author Archives: Mary Sawall


Jan 2022


Cooper Hanks’ Story

Cooper Hanks, son of Josh and Kristen Hanks, has had a wild ride for an 11 year old, and all before he was 2! Cooper was born with a rare liver disease, biliary atresia, where the bile ducts outside of the liver are not properly formed, therefore the bilirubin cannot drain. It causes severe liver...

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Nov 2021


Shyam Patel’s Story

In January of 2001, I was born with biliary atresia, a liver disease in which the bile ducts inside and outside of the liver are scarred and obstructed. My parents found out when I was 1 week old. At the age of 2 weeks, weighing in at 5 pounds, I had surgery to remove the...

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Dec 2020


First Virtual Gala Introduces TLF to Texas

On April 1, 2021 the Liver Foundation hosted our first ever virtual gala – Night of Hope – featuring renowned international violinist, Karen Briggs. Thanks to you and our amazing sponsors, more than 150 supporters came together to support our mission and enjoy some great music!

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