NVHR Press Release: Gregg Allman Hepatitis C Leadership Award

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Tonight in D.C.: National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable to
Honor Rock Icon Gregg Allman with Memorial Advocacy Award at NVHR 15th
Anniversary Event

Allman’s Longtime Manager
will Accept the ‘Gregg Allman Hepatitis C Leadership Award,’ a New Annual NVHR
Recognition, at 8 p.m. at the Madison Hotel

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 19, 2017)
– The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
(NVHR) will honor the late Gregg Allman with a new annual award presented
tonight at the organization’s 15
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, will accept the award, which will be given each year
to recognize exceptional work on behalf of people living with viral hepatitis.

Media interested in attending
the award presentation or receiving a photo from the evening may contact Beth
Dozier at
bethdozier@rational360.com or 202.429.1833.

“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

“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.”

After going public with his battle with hepatitis C, Allman headlined
Merck and the American Liver Foundation’s “Tune In to Hep C Campaign” to raise
awareness and urge baby boomers living with the disease to do something about
it. As part of Tune In to Hep C, The Allman Brothers Band held a hepatitis C
fundraiser and awareness concert before a packed house at the Beacon Theater in
New York. The concert raised $250,000 to benefit NVHR and the American Liver
Foundation for education and awareness efforts. The funds were critical, given
the extreme lack of resources in the hepatitis community.

WHAT: Gregg Allman Hepatitis C Leadership Award Presentation (During
NVHR’s 15
Anniversary Event)

WHEN: October 19, 2017, at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Madison Hotel –
Dolley Madison Ballroom (1177 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005)

About the National Viral
Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR)

The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable is a broad coalition working to
fight, and ultimately end, the hepatitis B and hepatitis C epidemics. We seek
an aggressive response from policymakers, public health officials, medical and
health care providers, the media, and the general public through our advocacy,
education, and technical assistance. NVHR
believes an end to the hepatitis B and C epidemics is within our reach and can
be achieved through addressing stigma and health disparities, removing barriers
to prevention, care and treatment, and ensuring respect and compassion for all
affected communities. For more information, visit www.nvhr.org, or follow NVHR on Twitter (@NVHR1) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/NVHR1).