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Join the Whitlock family in our efforts to support Alpha -1 Foundation in memory of Steve Whitlock!

In loving memory of Steve Whitlock please join Steve's family and friends for the First Annual Steve Whitlock Alpha-1 Walk for Awareness and for a Cure at Kiroli Park, West Monroe, LA at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, November 12, 2o16. If you cannot attend we encourage you to do a virtual walk any place you choose during the month of November.

Steve Whitlock Alpha-1 Walk for Awareness and for a Cure is a fundraiser that will benefit Alpha-1 Foundation. Our goal is to increase awareness of Alpha-1 and to raise much needed money for research. With your support, we will accomplish our mission of finding a cure. Please support our efforts by making a donation to this great cause. Any contribution, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.

Steve's Story:

Aplha-1 is a genetic condition that is passed from parents to their children through genes. This condition may result in serious lung disease in adults and or/live disease at various ages in life.

Steve was affected by Alpha 1. Steve along with support of his wife, Memory, fought to find an answer to his declining lung function for 12 years, visiting multiple physicians, until he finally found the root cause of his disease progression. Steve was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. Through his diagnosis, Steve's physicians were able to stabilize his lung function decline, but years later he began to experience liver complications which resulted in the need for a liver transplant. Unfortunately, Steve faced another challenge having to fight for almost 2 years to improve his health so he could receive a liver transplant at Ochsner. Steve never was able to receive the liver transplantation and he lost his battle when he passed away in February of 2014. Steve's story is just one among the many stories, each unique, of those affected by this genetic condition with varying outcomes and many lot as tragic as Steve's.

Because symptoms for Alpha-1 related COPD mirror that of environmental COPD, greater than 90% of individuals are undiagnosed and for those already diagnosed there's an 8-10 year delay in diagnosis producing an increased risk for declining lung and/or liver health. Therefore, we need to raise awareness for early detection, encourage testing and find a cure to improve the lives of those with Alpha-1.


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