Negative to Positives – a Column by 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.

Why I Take Part in Huntington’s Disease Research

I never knew what participating in medical research was all about when I was growing up. For 10 years, I was an active member of the Huntington’s disease community, but I had no clue about research. One reason was because from 1999 to 2009 there wasn’t much research to participate…

Learning About Other Diseases Improves HD Advocacy

As a Huntington’s disease (HD) community advocate, I am always trying to listen and learn from anyone who may help the cause. This means listening to people outside the HD community, as well as those who are part of it. Earlier this year, I was connected to a young…

We Need Realistic Timelines for Huntington’s Treatments

Getting a new treatment to people with rare conditions like Huntington’s disease is difficult. It takes lots of intelligence about a specific topic and immense time and energy. It requires funding to fuel the time and energy of those intelligent people. It depends upon a correct hypothesis that is executed…

How the HEATED Project Can Benefit the Huntington’s Community

As I wrote in a previous column titled, “An Abundance of Huntington’s Disease Info Awaits at Upcoming Virtual Conferences,” there are many ways to learn about the latest and greatest happenings in the HD community. I attended last month’s Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization’s International Young Adult Virtual Congress,…