Pittsburgh’s Finest in Music & Organizations Function Together to Raise Awareness for Liver Health
Sponsored by UPMC and in partnership with Community Liver Alliance, The Ultimate Liver Function features a day-long music festival of fundraising, food, music appearances of star-studded guests, and promotion of living liver transplantation at the Roxian Theatre on Aug. 24 from 2–11 p.m.
During a living-donor liver transplant, a healthy adult can donate a portion of their liver to someone with end-stage liver disease. Following the transplant, the donor’s liver will regenerate, or grow back, in a few months.
At UPMC, a living donation is a first-line option for patients on the liver transplant waiting list since it helps to reduce the time spent on the list and allows for a sooner remedy. Real-life stories, will be part of this festive day paying tribute to live donors.
Mary Lou Hunt, wife of Johnny Angel of the Halos, was the recipient of a live liver transplant at UPMC Presbyterian in April, after a Facebook plea for a donor that garnered thousands of shares leading to the perfect match.
In true Pittsburgh style, Sarah Booz stepped up to the task and donated a piece of her liver to save a life. Rachael Rennebeck, co-owner of YaJagoff Media (event organizers) and daughter of Jack and Mary Lou Hunt says, “Living donors give new meaning to a second chance. It is simply life-changing for all involved and we want to share that at The Ultimate Liver Function.”
The event at the newly renovated McKees Rocks location will host outdoor festivities and music beginning at 2 p.m. including kids activities, Millie’s Ice Cream, giveaways, a food truck round-up and acoustic music from favorites like Jess Klein, Byron Nash and more.
Doors open to the Roxian Theatre at 5:15 p.m. with a concert featuring Barrels to Beethoven, The Dave Moulter Band, Totally 80’s, The Marcels, Pete Hewlett, The Bloomfield Boys, Mike Vale of Tommy James & The Shondells, of course, Johnny Angel and the Halos, special appearances and more.
Tickets can be found by visiting The Community Liver Alliance online and by following The Ultimate Liver Function on Facebook. Each ticket is $50 with specialty seating options available for an increased price.