Board of Trustees

James Hassan, Esq

James Hassan, an adult histiocytosis patient, was diagnosed over 40 years ago after an agonizing eight-year process. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Histiocytosis Association's Board of Trustees.

Hassan writes: Like many of you or your children, I have undergone chemotherapy, radiation, and a variety of experimental treatments.  As a result, I believe I understand first-hand the anxiety and helplessness felt by patients and their families when facing this illness.  I was introduced to the Association when I read an article written by Sally and Jeff chronicling their struggles in diagnosing and treating their daughter, Bethany.  I identified with their situation and was very moved by their dedication to help other families.  For several years, I worked as a volunteer, assisting with fundraising.  When invited to join the Board of Trustees in 1998, I was excited to be involved first-hand with the tremendous efforts carried on by Jeff, the Association staff, and the other Board members.  My personal objectives are to assist the Association in carrying out its ultimate goal of finding a cure for this disease, and supporting our patients and their families along the way.

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