Liver Foundation gala showcases top Denver chefs

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DENVER -- “Flavors, A Culinary Experience” is happening Thursday. Denver’s top chefs will provide a culinary experience for a life-saving cause at the Wings Over The Rockies Museum.  Proceeds benefit the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Liver Foundation.

FOX31 Denver’s Shaul Turner will emcee the event. 

Thirty million Americans are living with liver disease, it can be deadly, but hope exists in recent medical breakthroughs that are saving lives every day.

Janet Rost is a shining example of the life-saving progress being made in modern medicine. She was diagnosed with hepatitis C and later liver cancer because of a blood transfusion she received  in 1980, long before experts developed today's methods of making transfusions safe.

"There are no words to express the gratitude of an organ being donated and actually saving your life it's miraculous," she said.

Rost is free of hepatitis C thanks to new drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

She works with the Donor Alliance and the American Transplant Foundation to spread the word about the importance of screening for a disease that sometimes has no symptoms.

Dr. Greg Everson of the University of Colorado Hospital says organizations such as the American Liver Foundation play a vital role in saving lives by generating community awareness and securing funding.

"It isn't just  a doctor sitting at a medical center, it isn't just the patient that's afflicted,  it is actually a community responsibility because it's a big public health issue,” Everson said.

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