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April 1, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 14

Sisters Join Law Professor to Aid American Liver Foundation

Visiting Assoc. Prof. Stacey Dogan (Law) leads an active and fulfilling life, brightened by two "great kids," a job she loves and a regular regimen of running, tennis and mountain-climbing.

But there's a cloud in Dogan's sky that never quite goes away.

Dogan was 12 years old when she was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, a very rare condition involving incompatibility between the liver and the body's immune system. She needs regular medication and has had to endure occasional flare-ups of the disease over the years.

So Dogan, along with her sisters Kati and Keri, will be taking steps, literally, in the fight against liver disease when they run the Boston Marathon on behalf of the American Liver Foundation. The sisters have raised nearly $15,000 for the foundation, which funds research and offers programs and services across the country.

"This is our first effort for the ALF, but it means a lot to us to be able to raise money for this cause that has such personal significance for us," said Dogan. "We've been overwhelmed by the support we've received from family, friends, and colleagues."

Others running the marathon in support of the ALF will include Boston College undergraduates Marie St. Jean and Tyler Bates. All are part of the ALF's Run for Research team, which aims to raise $1.1 million to help fund liver disease research, education and advocacy.

St. Jean, who has never run a marathon before ("I had never run more than a mile up until last year"), decided that joining an official Boston Marathon charity would enrich the experience. "I thought to myself, and still do today, that running for those of us who are not fortunate to have good health would inspire me during my training. When the training gets tough, I often think to myself, 'Well at least I am healthy enough to be out here doing this.' So many people are not as lucky as I am in this way, and if by doing this I can help them, it's time well spent."

More information on the ALF Run for Research is available at www.liverteam.org or (617)527-5600.

-Sean Smith

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