Posted by: BPSOS | April 7, 2009

Cuộc Hội Họp – Events: Help Stop Liver Disease, the Silent Killer of Vietnamese Americans!

team-logo1April 7, 2009: Please see this message from BPSOS-Falls Church’s Alexia Kim-Phuong Christie to learn what you can do to stop liver diseases from harming countless Vietnamese Americans!

Dear Friends,

Did you know that Vietnamese are the most vulnerable ethnic group when it comes to liver cancer? Did you know that there’s something you can do to help find a cure that will allow more Vietnamese to survive?

Here’s how you can have an impact! On Saturday, May 30, TEAM BPSOS will participate in the Liver Life Walk to raise funds in support of the American Liver Foundation (ALF)’s mission to provide research, education, and advocacy to those living with liver disease. ALF is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to liver health and disease prevention. Boat People SOS (BPSOS) staff members have formed a team to raise money in support of ALF’s efforts and to bring awareness of this silent yet preventable killer to the Vietnamese community. We need you to come take part in this very worthy cause!

Why? There are deadly statistics for Vietnamese Americans and our friends:

Hepatitis B and C viruses are both known as “silent killers” and a person could be infected for many years without significant symptoms or knowing they are infected. During this time, they may spread the virus to others. And if left untreated, both viruses can lead to liver scarring (cirrhosis), and potentially to liver cancer, liver failure and death

The hepatitis B virus is highly infectious and is about 50-100 times more infectious than HIV

One in 12 people worldwide is living with either chronic hepatitis B or C. More than half a million people worldwide die each year from primary liver cancer, and up to 80 percent of liver cancers are due to hepatitis B.

There are about 100 types of liver disease

In some cases, a diagnosis is made too late and the only option is a liver transplant…there are nearly 17,000 people currently on the waiting list

Vietnamese have the highest incidence of liver cancer among all Asian subgroups

Vietnamese-American men are over 10 times more likely to be diagnosed with liver cancer than their white counterparts. This health disparity is attributable to high rates of hepatitis B infection

This is an exciting opportunity and one of many firsts. For one thing, the Liver Life Walk is the first of its kind in the state of Virginia. For another, this will be the first time BPSOS has mobilized a team of current and former staff members. Most importantly, this is the first time we are mobilizing Vietnamese community members to come out and support a cause that affects Vietnamese communities directly.

Please help our team reach our goal by making a tax deductible contribution to the ALF. Our goal for the walk is to raise $3,000. Though any amount you can give will make a huge difference in our community, if everyone donates $25, we’ll easily reach our fundraising goal by the day of the walk, Saturday, May 30.

To join TEAM BPSOS as a walker:

Go to

Select “Find a Walk,” then Virginia Walk

Select “Join a Team”

Type in Team BPSOS or click “Search for a Team” and then enter Team BPSOS

Click “Join” next to Team BPSOS

Complete the registration form

** Once you’re registered as a walker on Team BPSOS, you can begin fundraising. Any donations that are made on your behalf will be counted towards the team’s overall goal. **

To make a donation to a walker online:

Go to

Click the “Donate to a Walker” button

Type in the participant’s name and click “Find a Walker”

Select the participant’s name from the list

You’ll be taken to the walker’s personal page. Click the “Click here to Sponsor Me” button

Enter your information and complete the donation process

Print the receipt that is generated following your gift, as this is the only receipt that will be given for gifts of less than $250

** Please Note: All donations must be made to an individual walker. Gifts cannot be made to a team. **

If you prefer, you can also send a check payable to the American Liver Foundation to Boat People SOS, Attn: Alexia Christie, 6066 Leesburg Pike, Ste 100, Falls Church, VA 22041. Once received, we will record the gift amount and forward the check to the ALF so that they can enter your gift into their system and mail you a receipt.

With your help, we’ll be one step closer to the day when liver disease is a killer of Vietnamese Americans only written about in history books. If you have questions about the Liver Life Walk or the work of the ALF and BPSOS, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you in advance for your support!


Alexia Kim-Phuong Christie

TEAM BPSOS – Team Captain

Boat People SOS

Direct: 703-647-6489

Office: 703-538-2190 ext 236



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