The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) honored the late Gregg Allman with a new annual award presented last night at the organization’s 15th anniversary dinner at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Allman, who in 2011 went public about his own battle with hepatitis C, encouraged testing and awareness, and raised critical funds before his death earlier this year from liver cancer complications. Michael Lehman, Allman’s longtime manager, accepted the award, which will be given each year to recognize exceptional work on behalf of people living with viral hepatitis.
“Gregg Allman was, and remains, one of the few celebrities to go public about his journey with hepatitis C,” said Ryan Clary, executive director of NVHR. “He empowered baby boomers to seek treatment and testing, and raised critical funds for NVHR and the American Liver Foundation. We will be forever grateful.”
“Gregg recognized an awareness gap, particularly among baby boomers who are infected with hepatitis C and either don’t realize they have the virus or just are not seeking treatment,” said Lehman. “He sought to remove the stigma with the message that it doesn’t matter how you contract hepatitis C – it only matters that you find it and treat it. While I wish Gregg were here to receive the award himself, I’m honored to accept it on his behalf and to have the opportunity to support NVHR for all its work over the past 15 years to stem the tide of this devastating disease.”