The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) mourns the death of Gregg Allman, who passed away at his home on Saturday.
In addition to being an extraordinarily talented musician, Allman was a champion in the fight against hepatitis C. He spoke openly of living with hepatitis C, using his celebrity platform to spread awareness and offer a message of hope to the millions of Americans living with the disease. He encouraged those at risk to be tested and, if positive, seek early treatment to avoid advanced liver disease and liver cancer.
In July, 2011, the Allman Brothers Band generously donated proceeds from their “Tune In to Hep C” concert to NVHR. This allowed us to establish the NVHR Gregg Allman Hepatitis C Community Education Fund, which provided grants to community organizations for education and awareness programs. This donation was particularly crucial in light of the minimal resources available for organizations to advance their hepatitis C services.
NVHR Steering Committee member Orlando Chavez said the following after learning of Allman’s passing:
“I got to meet and take a photo backstage with Allman at the Tune In to Hep C concert at New York’s Beacon Theatre. He asked me what I do and I shared not only what but why. He hugged me and shook my hand and said my story was reflected in his own. It was a genuine feeling of inclusiveness that gave me an impetus to continue on my trajectory. I set my sail from that night forward to make others feel as if they belong as well.”
NVHR offers our deepest condolences to Allman’s family, friends, and millions of fans around the world.
NVHR Steering Committee member Orlando Chavez with Gregg Allman at the Tune In to Hep C concert, July 27, 2011.
Gregg Allman with NVHR Treasurer Jill Wolf and former NVHR Chair Lorren Sandt on July 2, 2015, at Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, OR.