Baseball icon Bernie Williams launches liver cancer effort
Baseball legend Bernie Williams has teamed up with groups fighting liver cancer to launch One Liver to Love, an initiative to raise awareness of liver cancer and the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices that promote liver health.
Developed in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company Eisai, the Global Liver Institute and the liver cancer association Blue Faery, A liver to love will provide educational resources, advocacy support services and community for anyone affected by the disease. As part of the initiative, Williams will join online conversations about liver health and liver cancer.
“Liver disease is personal to me. It had an impact on my mother, my uncle and my grandfather, and I saw with my own eyes the difficulties and the feelings that come with it.” Williams said in a press release. “Liver disease and liver cancer can have a disproportionate impact on communities of color, so I am happy to fight for the One Liver to Love initiative to encourage others to be proactive about liver health and help people affected by liver cancer feel seen and supported.
Since 1980, rates of liver cancer — including hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer — have nearly tripled, and more than 40,000 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2022, according to the news release.
One Liver to Love aims to provide support to people throughout their journey with liver cancer. It also emphasizes the impact daily lifestyle changes, including nutrition, exercise, sleep, and mental health, can have on liver health.
“Navigating liver cancer can be difficult. Being proactive about liver health is important for physical, mental and emotional well-being,” said Andrea Wilson Woods, President of Blue Faery. “That’s why it’s especially important to reach this community with resources to explore treatment options and determine what diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices may be best for each individual.”
Highlighting how helpful it can be to lean on others, Global Liver Institute President and CEO Donna Cryer said: “While it can be difficult to ask for and accept support , we are stronger when we come together as a community. Whether you or a loved one is living with liver cancer, we can all come together to start a new era of understanding and support.
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