Verona Toddler To Be Honored At Liver Fundraiser


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Micco Gene LaRosa
Micco Gene LaRosa has a rare liver disease known as Alagille syndrome.

An anticipated 320 walkers are expected to show their support for those affected by liver disease at Liver Life Walk New Jersey 2017 on Sunday, June 11, at Verona Park.

Liver disease affects millions of Americans. Symptoms are often silent for years, but diagnosis for many common types of liver diseases can be done with a simple test. Early diagnosis leads to earlier treatment and, in some cases, a cure. Last year’s walk attracted 221 walkers and raised more than $39,000 for the Greater New York Division of the American Liver Foundation. The fundraising goal this year is $46,000.

Besides helping millions of Americans with liver disease, Liver Life Walk New Jersey is a chance for you to give back to your community and the local residents living with liver disease, like this year’s honoree Micco Gene LaRosa, a Verona resident. At only five months old, he was diagnosed with a rare liver disease known as Alagille syndrome. “Mighty Micco” will be in attendance with his family this weekend to be honored as the 2017 New Jersey LIVEr Champion.

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Liver Life Walk New Jersey is always looking for new walkers and volunteers. Teams and individuals can register for the event online at or by calling the Greater New York Division office at (212) 943-1059.

“Liver Life Walk New Jersey is an event for people of all ages,” said Veronica Perez, division spokesperson. “Whether you’re 16 or 86 years old, it doesn’t matter. The point is that people come out and have a great time while walking for a great cause.”

According to Stefany Arias, “This year, Liver Life Walk New Jersey has two purposes. In addition to raising funds for liver disease research and education, we hope to inform the public about the importance of being tested for liver disease.”

“The Liver Life Walk is a conduit for all things good, positive and enlightened. A day that is reserved for giving back and inspiring. A day where all is one and one is for all,” said Jared Alechman, liver transplant recipient since 2011. “We’ve talked the talk. And now it’s time to walk the walk! We are so proud to be part of the Liver Life Walk each year.”

The American Liver Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization focused solely on promoting liver health and disease prevention. The organization achieves its mission in the fight against liver disease by funding scientific research, education and support programs for patients and their families, advocacy, as well as public awareness campaigns about liver wellness and disease prevention. The mission of the American Liver Foundation is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. Additional information can be found at or by calling 1-800-GO-LIVER.

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