Jan, Red House, WV
I have been a champion for raising awareness of HD within my large extended family for almost 40 years when my aunt was diagnosed. Initially, I utilized HDSA to provide materials for sharing with my family and in 1995, started a support group because three local families contacted HDSA for a contact while I served as a volunteer contact. This support group continued for the next 7 years until such time the HD participants could no longer attend. In late 2012, I began attending a new HD Support Group in Charleston, WV. Becoming a Clinical Trials Diplomat will provide me more opportunities to share information about HD and available clinical trials. Thus far, I have presented to my local support group and am available to organizations in the tri-state area of WV, Ohio, and Kentucky. My sister was recently diagnosed which has further ignited my desire to help others affected by HD.