HUNTINGTON DISEASE PATIENTS ALONG WITH FAMILY MEMBERS WELCOMED TO VATICAN
History professor Kenneth P. Serbin met with Pope Francis on May 18, one of 50 credentialed guests at a historic papal audience with Huntington’s disease families at the Vatican. Serbin is an advocate in the fight against the fatal genetic disease; he inherited a mutated form of the Huntington gene from his mother, who died of the disease. “Because of the stigma associated with the disease, HD families often remain in the terrible and lonely ‘HD closet,’” Serbin said before the meeting. “With the pope’s blessing and recognition, we can liberate HD sufferers from the shame and stigma and move on to finish the hard work of developing a cure!”
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