(Washington, Indiana) This past weekend on Saturday, September 21, there was a 5K Color Run hosted by The Flip Foundation for Garrett and Tricia Roark to raise awareness of AFLP. AFLP is short for Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy which is a rare, potentially fatal complication that occurs in the third trimester or early in the postpartum period. Tricia’s liver wasn’t working properly and her kidneys weren’t either. She had to be placed on a ventilator and put into a drug induced coma.
The Flip Foundation was started by Tyler and Jenilee Counsil to help out their family and to raise awareness of AFLP. The proceeds from this event are going towards medical bills. If you did not participate in this event but would like to donate to the foundation, any Old National Bank will take donations under the name of The FLiP Foundation.
When asked about the turnout of the event, Tyler Counsil said “I couldn’t ask for anything more, especially for something like this.it’s such a great cause to raise awareness for AFLP. It was a really nice first event for us.”
“We made all the ingredients, the powder and everything, out of our own home. Very low cost, very low impact and environmentally friendly. All of this is going to wash away since it is just corn starch. This is a learning experience for us definitely,” said Tyler.
The Flip Foundation is already starting to plan for other events in the near future and into next year. There will be a dance coming up shortly and Tyler said, “Looking at in the spring, doing an 80′s Run. Probably have some more colors and a theme or stylized 80′s vibe for it.” As these events get closer more details and information will be available.
Since Tricia has been out of the hospital for a few weeks she has been on a slow road to recovery. She is now able to walk on her own which is one big step since she had to relearn how to walk and how to live again. Tyler said, “She had multiple organ failure and in a coma for awhile. When she woke up she didn’t even know that Gage had passed.” This was a very tough moment for the family. This disease comes on so quickly but the effects are so long lasting and makes for a slow recovery.
Tricia was able to participate in this event. It was her goal to at least try and walk. ”I cheated a little bit because I rode in the golf cart, but I walked about a half mile,” said Tricia Roark. Tricia is getting stronger and rebuilding her muscles each day and taking everything else day by day. Neither Garrett nor Tricia had any idea what AFLP was until now and they both want to raise awareness to prevent it from happening to anyone else and to keep them from having to go through what they did.
Garrett and Tricia have a very strong support system with all of their family and friends behind them. ”We have a great group of family and friends,” said Tricia.
More events and fundraisers will be happening soon for Garrett and Tricia. If you want to find out more information on upcoming events go to www.facebook.com/TheF.L.i.PFoundation.