B.J. Viau,  —

B.J. has played a role in the Huntington’s disease (HD) community since his mom’s diagnosis in 1995. He and his family hosts an annual Hoop-A-Thon fundraiser that’s helped to raise over $1 million for the HD Society of America. BJ co-founded the HD Youth Organization, an international non-profit helping young people impacted by HD. He’s served as its board chairman for over 10 years. Professionally BJ has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 10 years in various positions. He tested negative for HD, but remains committed to supporting the community and hopes this column will bring positive energy into many people’s lives.

Articles by B.J. Viau

Would You Want to Know If You Have Huntington’s?

Editor’s note: This column briefly mentions the topic of suicide. Please find resources for help at the end of the column. Unlike many rare genetic disorders, Huntington’s disease doesn’t have an approved treatment regimen that will halt, stop, or slow disease progression. However, it is relatively simple to undergo a…

The Value of Consulting a Genetic Counselor During Testing

As I briefly touched on in my previous column, “Opportunities for a Better Genetic Testing Process,” the testing process in the Huntington’s disease community is a bit like the Wild West. Depending on your location, there are so many variables that make going through testing way more stressful than…

Opportunities for a Better Genetic Testing Process

I’ve always tried to stay alert to the needs of the Huntington’s disease community by listening during support groups, learning at conferences and conventions, and following along with the many Huntington’s conversations on social media platforms. One topic that consistently comes up in conversations is genetic testing. Everyone has their…

Mental Preparedness Is Crucial Ahead of Genetic Testing

As I mentioned in my debut column of “Negative to Positives” a couple weeks ago, I have a genuine passion for helping those undergoing genetic testing for Huntington’s disease, which is an incredibly challenging life hurdle. Many members of this community watch their parents slowly and progressively decline, and…