Tallahassee Celebrates World Hepatitis Day In A Big Way

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By: Elizabeth Nickerson
July 28, 2013

See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. The Three Wise Monkeys ignore the world around them, and Pam Langford says so has the world about a serious blood born illness.

"Someone dies from Hepatitis every 30 seconds no one is talking about it," said Langford. "We will be here to act out see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil to bring awareness to the fact that no one is talking about it,"

Langford lives with Hepatitis C so does Miriam Alteieri. They are both the driving force behind H.E.A.L.S of the south, a Hepatitis Education and Liver Support group, and on Sunday they were shining the light on what they call a silent killer.

"I wanted to give back to my community and I also wanted to find a support group and we wanted to share information and I thought wow what a great idea to get the gift of life and to be able to give back," said Alteieri.

They gathered 37 Tallahassee residents at Lake Ella to take part in acting out the see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil to try and break a Guinness Book of World Records.

"It just brings this disease to the forefront, they are actually more people with Hepatitis then they're with HIV and AIDS," said Philip Reichert of The Florida Department of Health.

While there is not a lot of funding for the disease, the support group hopes that bringing awareness of Hepatitis like can change that.

H.E.A.L.S of the South urges baby boomers ages 46 to 64 to get tested for Hepatitis C.

A spokesperson for the Leon County Health Department says they do have a test but you must pay a registration fee.


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