The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) posthumously honored Gregg Allman last night at the organization’s 15th anniversary dinner at the Madison Hotel in Washington D.C. The organization’s new annual Memorial Advocacy Award was bestowed upon the late co-founding member of The Allman Brothers Band “for his leadership in hepatitis C education, advocacy and fundraising.”
Allman revealed a hepatitis C diagnosis in 2011. The legendary musician was 69 years old when he passed away earlier this year from liver cancer complications. Gregg’s longtime manager Michael Lehman accepted the Memorial Advocacy Award at Thursday night’s event.
“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.”
Allman was integral in Merck and the American Liver Foundation’s Tune In to Hep C Campaign awareness program. Among Gregg’s efforts for Tune In To Hep C was a The Allman Brothers Band benefit concert at The Beacon Theatre which generated $250,000 for NVHR and the American Liver Foundation.
“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.”