Patient Advocacy Award
Cate Blair became involved in the American Liver Foundation in 2016 through the “Ask the Expert” events. At the time, she was acting as an advocate for her father and best friend, Michael, in his journey with liver disease and had been doing so since 2008. Cate supported her father throughout his treatment of hepatitis, liver cancer, and transplantation until his unexpected passing in 2017 from complications associated with his transplant. Cate’s dad never spent a night in the hospital without her throughout his multiple treatments and surgeries and always had the strong voice of his daughter behind him as an advocate. The ALF and Cate’s training as an attorney inspired her to act as an advocate in a broader capacity for other individuals suffering from liver disease. She has lobbied for liver patients in our nation’s capital on multiple occasions and made her voice heard in caregiver forums and round tables. She also serves as an ALF board member. Outside of her liver advocacy, Cate works on military contracts at Pratt and Whitney in support of the defense of our nation. She resides in Portland with her beloved partner Patrick and their two cats and is inspired daily by liver warriors, their caretakers, and selfless donors.