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18 November 2009





ST. LOUIS, MO.: Play Ball! Baseball fans are invited to join the Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center as they enjoy a night at Busch Stadium for a special fundraiser. The organization has 700 tickets available for the Cardinals vs. Dodgers baseball game on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 7:15 pm.

The tickets are $32 each (for Section 129 and 130) and $25 each (for Sections 363, 365 and 367), with $10 from each ticket sold to benefit the Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center.

Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis – and when they are gone, they are gone! In order to purchase and receive delivery of these special benefit tickets, the public should contact the Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center no later than July 15, 2009.

With the sale of 500 tickets, the organization will receive an honorary ceremony where Saint Louis University Liver Center Co-Director Dr. Bruce Bacon will get to throw out the first pitch of the game!

The Friends of the SLU Liver Center supports the research efforts of the world-renowned Saint Louis University Liver Center for the treatment and cure of liver diseases, and to promote understanding and awareness of liver disease. All money raised by the organization stays in the St. Louis area to perform life-saving research and treat patients in St. Louis.

One of the Center’s better-known patients is Grammy-winner Naomi Judd, who after being diagnosed with hepatitis C, was given just three years to live and now credits Dr. Bacon and his team for saving her life.

Dr. Bruce Bacon, co-founder of the SLU Liver Center, notes, “The work that we have been able to do here at the Saint Louis University Liver Center, with the support of the Friends organization, has resulted in the cure of hundreds of hepatitis C patients with medications that have not yet become commercially available and at no cost to the patient.”

Bacon continues, “Each day we are discovering that more people are suffering from liver disease, including hepatitis C and B, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, auto immune liver disease and liver cancer. Many believe there’s little hope after being diagnosed, but there are new treatments and there is hope.”

Bacon believes there are critical reasons to support Friends of the SLU Liver Center:

  • The SLU Liver Center enjoys worldwide recognition as a center of excellence for research and treatment of liver diseases.
  • Hepatitis C affects five million people in the United States. One in 50 people have hepatitis C and nearly two-thirds of those people don’t know they have it.
  • Hepatitis C can be diagnosed through a simple blood test and is curable in about 60 percent of patients.
  • There are over 30 other liver diseases which can be diagnosed and treated.
  • All the money raised by the Friends of the SLU Liver Center stay in our region to support local research and treatment.

The Friends organization has raised and donated more than $1.7 million for the SLULC since its inception. The funds help support the critical infrastructure of the Liver Center

from faculty salaries to visiting professorships and patient-oriented seminars and research. By leveraging the donations of the Friends, the LiverCenter is able to use the “seed money” as a match for larger grants from outside sources that generate $18 new dollars from outside the region for every $1 raised locally.

For more information about the upcoming Cardinals vs. Dodgers game with the Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center or to purchase the special benefit game tickets by July 15, please contact Executive Director Leisa Duff via email at or by calling the Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center office at (314) 576-3078.


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