Colleen's BA 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is an annual event established in memory of Colleen Mitchel, who was born with liver disease (biliary atresia or BA) and died in 2013 at 19 years old from complications due to liver disease, while awaiting another liver transplant. 


Thank you to all of our participants, volunteers, sponsors, partners, friends & family who supported our 2016 Colleen's BA 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk!  As a result of this year's run, the Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund donated $20,000 to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Liver Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Pictured are: Dr. Kathleen Schwarz (center), Medical Director, and physicians from the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Liver Transplant Program, along with (back row, left) James Mitchel, Ralph Mitchel, and (front row, left) Kate Mitchel.

Colleen Mitchel attended Grace Episcopal Day School in Kensington and Walter Johnson (WJ) High School in Bethesda.  Colleen was born with biliary atresia (BA), the most serious liver disease of infancy and childhood, and died in 2013 at age 19 due to complications with liver disease.  She was a sophomore at the University of Michigan.  As a tribute to Colleen, and to aid in the effort to discover the cause of biliary atresia, her family has organized this annual community fundraiser. Proceeds support BA research at Johns Hopkins Pediatric Liver Center in Baltimore, Maryland and organ donation awareness in our community. 




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