June 8, 2024 | Cincinnati, OH

Liver Life Walk Cincinnati


The Liver Life Walk is a signature event of the American Liver Foundation (ALF). Providing an inspirational and festive environment, Liver Life Walk events give participants an opportunity to come together and raise awareness and funds in support of the liver community.

Funds raised through the Liver Life Walk benefit the 100 million Americans affected by liver disease through resources, education and support services and help advance our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and liver disease research. Together, we are moving closer to a world without liver disease.

Incentives Deadlines

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  • Team Captains who register by April 9 will earn ALF-branded hat
  • Individually raise $100 by May 8 to reserve a commemorative 2024 Liver Life Walk t-shirt in your size. Note: T-shirts will be available for pick-up the morning of the event at the check-in/registration table.
    • Registered participants who raise $100 after the deadline will receive a t-shirt, however sizes are not guaranteed.

Medical Chair

Meet 2024 Liver Life Walk Medical Chair, Dr. William Balistreri. Dr. Balistreri has served as a Pediatric Hepatologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital since 1978. Over that time span he has witnessed continued progress and success in improving the outcome for children with various liver diseases but knows there is still work to be done. Dr. Balistreri walks with the American Liver Foundation to continue and expand our ability to fund medical research, public education, and patient support services and to honor his patients and families.

Event Chair

Meet the 2024 Liver Life Walk Cincinnati Event Chair, Donald Melillo. Don is on the ALF Public Policy Committee, an ALF Advocate, lead of the UC Health Liver Transplant Support Group, and active at both Life Center and Life Connection – Donate Life. Don walks to spread information about liver disease and to try and dispel some of the myths associated with it. Learn more about why the walk means so much to Don.

Meet the 2024 Cincinnati LIVEr Champion, Andrew Motzer. On April 14, 2024, Andrew received his life-saving transplant. This will be his first Liver Life Walk! He walks in honor of himself and all the caregivers who support patients. 

Pediatric Liver Champion

Emerson Mae Donaldson was found to have elevated bilirubin levels after birth which prompted a referral to Children’s Wisconsin. Following several tests and a liver biopsy, she was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia and underwent her Kasai procedure at just 20 days old.  After weathering numerous bouts of Cholangitis and decline in health, it was decided that it was time list her for a liver transplant. Due to her unique anatomy and inability to have a living donor, her family opted to dual site list her in both Milwaukee and Cincinnati. After her initial evaluation with Cincinnati Children’s, they knew their family was in great hands. In 2020, Emerson received a transplant and started a new chapter in life. Learn more about her journey here.

Adult Liver Champion

Jessica Mann, 38, is from Middletown Ohio and is a 5-year liver transplant recipient. Jessica received her donor liver in 2019 after doctors found lesions on her liver that were cancerous. Jessica is the oldest of three girls, an aunt to Riley and Amelia, and has been with her long-time boyfriend Justin for almost 19 years. She also is a dog-mom to Doli. Jessica is a desk receptionist at Holiday Inn Express and Suites and really enjoys what she does. Jessica loves to spend time with her big family and get her nails done in her spare time. Jessica is forever grateful for the Liver Foundation and the community it has given her and for her donor who gave her another chance at life. The reason she walks is to help raise money for the foundation and also help others like me who are either waiting for a new liver or have received one.

Event Details

When: June 8, 2024 

Where: T.M. Berry International Friendship Park
1135 Riverside Dr
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Route: 1.5 mile route through the Procter and Gamble Pavilion, TM Berry International Friendship, and loopback to the Purple People Eater bridge.
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Parking Instructions

Time: 8 am – 11 am
Registration/Check-In: 8 am
Walk Program: 9 am

Registration Fee:
Registration will be free until April 24, 2024On April 25, 2024 a $20 fee will be implemented for walkers 18+ and up.

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