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2004 HDSA National Convention

2003 Hunt-Dis Person of The Year Award Voting
VOTING RULES:
This year there are 16 individual nominees, and 2 *group* nominees
 
1.  Votes can only be cast by a member of Hunt-Dis
2.  Each member of Hunt-Dis may cast 1 vote ONE time only
3.  Deadline for voting is midnight CST, Friday March 21. 
 
Announcement of Winner:
The 2003 Hunt-Dis Person of the Year will be announced on Sunday, March 23, 2003 to all of the HD on-line support groups
 
How to Vote:
Review the list of nominees, make your choice, then send a private e-mail to  Sue Leck  indicating who the person or group your vote is for.    
2003 Nominees
Tom Caldwell-Arizona
He is absolutely awesome in his own way and deserves the award. 
Nominated by:  Pam Westman
 
Susie Cameron
I would like to nominate Susie Cameron for Hunt-Dis Person of the Year, for the time an caring that she puts into her group, Huntington's at Risk. 
Nominated by:  Margaret Dutkiewicz
 
Malcolm (Mac) Casale-California
Mac has taken great efforts to contribute to research leading to a cure for HD.  His interest in finding treatments for HD is a personal one since his god-daughter and her two siblings have HD. 
 
To participate in HD research, Mac changed careers from engineering to biology, which required him to go back to school and get a second PhD in computational biology.  He now holds a position at the University of California, Irvine, working with Dr. Gary Lynch, a highly esteemed neuroscientist who specializes in Alzheimer's Disease. 
 
In exploring the similarities of Alzheimer's and Huntington's Disease, Mac was influential in generating interest in HD in the lab, which now has HD as one of its research priorities.  He has recently started to develop a new animal model for HD and has submitted a request for funding from the HDSA to further this research. 
 
Mac speaks regularly on HD at support groups and elsewhere, and is a regular participant in the Hunt_Dis discussion group.  Mac's dedication and enthusiasm for finding a cure for HD make him the perfect candidate for the HD Person of the Year. 
Nominated by:  Danielle Simmons
 
Ron Cleveland
He is absolutely wonderful in his own way and deserves the award. 
Nominated by:  Pam Westman
 
Ruth Hargrave-North Carolina
She is absolutely awesome in her own way and deserves the award. 
Nominated by:  Pam Westman
 
Dave Hodgson-Illinois
Dave has been a member of Hunt-Dis since the very early days.  He volunteers his time as a Buddy Chat partner on HDAC and has been able to guide many people to a better understanding of HD, directed others to information sites, and yes, led some to our family table. 
 
He works tirelessly in helping to create awareness and a better understanding of HD, and what families living in the trenches need by speaking to special groups, giving interviews, and working with the Illinois State Chapter, of which he has been a board member for many years. 
 
Dave is also devoted to the Hunt-Dis Scholarship fund and works tirelessly in trying to generate donations. 
Nominated by:  Susie Leck
 
Steve Ireland- Texas
I want to nominate Steve.  He is right there to private email someone to encourage and lift them up.  He is standing by his wife.  He hooks new people up on IM with old ones to HD to help them in the journey.  So he uses the net in a wonderful way to reach out and help in this fight of HD. 
Nominated by:  Diane M.
 
Jerry Lampson-California
Huntington's Disease Lighthouse
He is absolutely awesome in his own way and deserves the award. 
Nominated by:  Pam Westman
 
Susie Leck:  Illinois, formerly Oklahoma
I would like to nominate Susie for all that she does for the people in her life who are affected with HD.  She is absolutely awesome in her own way and deserves the award. 
 
She has worked hard on raising money for the scholarship fund, the calendars, etc.  I think she deserves recognition for all the hard work, time and energy she puts in.  Nominated by:  Betty Minns, Pam Westman, and Megan Younger
Jean Miller-Florida
(Jean abstains since she is a previous winner.)
Jean posts to the Hunt-dis list server daily and tirelessly searches for scientific topics of relevance to HD, contributing in a real way to Huntington's Disease awareness and in research. 
 
She continues to contribute her valuable research and is always there to post her first hand experiences or just support someone having a bad day. 
Nominated by:  Malcolm Casale and Michael Brown
 
Ardith Newbold-Maryland
She is absolutely awesome in her own way and deserves the award. 
Nominated by:  Pam Westman
 
Anne Patterson-Canada
She is absolutely awesome in her own way and deserves the award. 
Nominated by:  Pam Westman
 
Jim Pollard-Massachusetts
He is absolutely awesome in his own way and deserves the award.  Nominated by:  Pam Westman
 
Frances Saldana-California
Frances has three children with HD, and has been extremely active in organizing the Dinner of Hope yearly events in Orange County, Ca.  And in a committee on the management of end of life issues for HD and other diseases. 
 
She changed jobs to work at the University of California, Irvine, so that she could be close to HD researchers and to a position in which she could influence professional fund-raisers so that they would pay attention to the cause of HD. 
Nominated by:  Malcolm Casale
 
Andrea Sykes-California
She is absolutely awesome in her own way and deserves the award. 
Nominated by:  Pam Westman
 
Carlos Urrutia
I would like to submit Carlos Urrutia's name for Hunt-Dis Person of the Year.  I know him through the HD Support Group on Long Island, NY., that we both attend; and have heard him speak at a couple of functions.  He has also written an article that appears on HDAC.org.  It speaks for itself. 
 
This is a person who I think meets all the requirements for promoting HD awareness as well as being an inspiration to others. 
Nominated by:  Richard Bonsignore
 
Groups Nominated:
Dave Hodgson & Susie Leck-Illinois
I nominate Dave and Susie because of their commitment to raising funds for the scholarship fund, so that someone can go to the convention.  I know all of the hard work they do to make all the fund raising events takes lots of time and a BIG effort. 
Nominated by:  Jeanne Wilson
 
Huntington's Disease Advocacy Center (HDAC) Steve Ireland-Texas, Marsha Miller-Maryland and Christy Wolf Hawaii
My nomination for the Hunt-Diser or the Year Award are Steve Ireland, Marsha Miller and Christy Wolf.  These Hunt-disers listened to and understood our needs for a single place to find up to date information, links, inspiration and hope and they acted upon it. 
 
Their decision, perseverance and creativity led them to develop the very best HD website there is, and they faithfully strive to keep it that way.  HDAC is the first place that many of us go to get our questions answered, and also to send others who want to learn more about Huntington's Disease.  An incredible resource, it has gained will-deserved national and international attention. 
 
More than anything, though, HDAC has become "our" outreach to the world.  It tells of our stories, our pain, our challenges, our strength, our courage and our hope. 
 
Steve, Marsha and Christy deserve our praise, our gratitude, and our recognition for giving us a forum and a voice to tell the world about Huntington's Disease. 
 Nominated by:  Gerri Herbst