Featured in this video from YNN news in Rochester NY is Shari Foster a respected HCV advocate and old friend. Ms. Foster is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Status C Unknown, Inc. The non-profit organization was founded in response to the overwhelming need for hepatitis c public education in New York. Status C Unknown is dedicated to dispelling myths regarding this disease and providing support, testing and education to all communities.
I met Shari over ten years ago online supporting friends who were living with hepatitis C. Years later I had the privilege of meeting Shari in person at a mutual friends home here in Michigan. Our friend was in end-stage liver disease and passed away soon after, it was a difficult time for all of us. Before undergoing standard HCV therapy Shari was listed for a transplant. Please take time to read the article accompanying the video written by Marcie Fraser, here.
In March "Status C Unknown led hundreds of patients and advocates from around New York State to Albany for the sixth annual Hepatitis C Legislative Awareness Day, urging lawmakers to adopt a plan for 2013 to combat the increasing incidence of hepatitis C infection in New York State with education, testing and treatment programs."
According to the CDC, nearly 3.2 million Americans are infected with chronic Hepatitis C virus and they don't know it. They don't look sick and they don’t feel sick. Marcie Fraser reports.
Shari darling you look marvelous! This morning I am filled with happy thoughts of you, Sue, and Patty. Sending you my love - Tina AKA Myer