Liver Life Walk at Eisenhower Park Saturday

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Hundreds of walkers will take to Eisenhower Park Saturday to raise money for liver disease awareness.

The Liver Life Walk Long Island, sponsored by the American Liver Foundation, starts registration at 9 a.m. followed by the walk at 10.

Coordinators expect 600 to 700 people for the 2-mile walk at the East Meadow park, said event director Pax Bennett. Seventy-eight cents of every dollar raised goes to awareness campaigns and research, she said.

"The walkers are mostly people affected by the disease," Bennett said. " . . . Over 30 million people deal with this disease every day."

That 30 million includes 5.4 million with chronic hepatitis B or hepatitis C infections, according to the organization's website. There are up to 100 different liver diseases.

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Ronkonkoma resident Angela Gitto lost her husband to liver disease when he was 56 two years ago. Even before his death, she walked for a friend who had a liver transplant. Now she raises money for the organization with breakfasts and raffles. Gitto isn't walking this year because of a conflicting family event, but others on her "team" are participating.

"It affects a lot of people," she said. "It can be a better quality of life if it's detected early."

Parking is in Field 6a. Pets are not permitted on the walk. See liverfoundation.org.

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