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Something Nice For Your Liver

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hangoverWe spend a lot of time here talking about beer drinking. And every time you and I take a drink, there’s an unsung hero working behind the scenes, diligently cleaning up our mistakes.

Yes, I’m talking about our abused livers.

For all that your liver has done for you — and doubtless, for all that it will — now’s your chance to really do something nice for your liver.

What’s that you say? No, don’t buy it a drink! That’s like making dinner for your housekeeper and then letting her to take care of the dishes.

You could give up drinking for a few days . . . but it’s hard to enjoy beer without drinking it, so there’s got to be a better way.

To get to the crux of the matter, now’s where I should introduce my brother-in-law, Mike, who is running the Boston Marathon for his second year in a row. Mike knows how to make a liver feel appreciated. I’ll let him explain how his dedication to Marathon training is connected to your overworked liver:

Saving Our Livers is Hard Core

“I think I forgot how miserable the training can be. Last year, I ran through a hip injury, foot injury, perpetual Achilles tendonitis, chafing and blisters. Oh, and did I mention the lack of social life? A Friday night before a long run in the morning, consisted of pasta and bedtime by 10 PM. On Saturday mornings, the alarm would ring at 6:30 AM. Sometimes, my roommates had only gone to bed a few hours ago. However, I was committed to pounding out footstep after footstep on icy concrete in ridiculously freezing temperatures.

So what was it that made me come back for more? I’m still not entirely sure. There is an incredible sense of accomplishment to run 26.2 consecutive miles in front of a vibrant, pulsating crowd. Race day is unlike any other. I’ve been skydiving, bungee jumping, white water rafting etc. and none of them even compare to the same adrenaline rush in running the Boston Marathon. Even more, every person along the way of the course is praying for you to succeed. You can truly feel the spirit of goodness in people. Above all, I was shocked in the level of support I received last year with both the fundraising and words of encouragement.

This year, I’m hoping to conquer the path from Hopkinton to Boston while supporting the American Liver Foundation. I’m excited to support such a great cause. Although, I tend to complain about the torture, I’m really looking forward to it again. I’ve put my own credit card down on the line and I’m obligated to raise $3,000. From the proceeds, 100% of the money goes to liver disease research, education, and advocacy.

I know the economy is tight, but if you are able to contribute, it would mean so much to me and those affected by liver disease.”

Mike updates a blog about his Marathon training at http://www.runmikerun2.com, where you can keep track of the miles he is running to ensure our enfeebled livers have hope.

To help your liver in the future, and to help many, many people in need today, make a donation at Mike’s page on the American Liver Foundation’s “Run for Research“.

Regarding tax write-offs, the American Liver Foundation is a 501C(3) organization and their EIN# is: 36-2883000.

Your liver will thank you, and so will Mike.

(Good luck with the Marathon, Mike!)

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