Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, and right at the end, George Michael.
And then on January 4, 2017, the hemophilia community lost a legend. Corey Dubin, an extraordinary person, passed at his home. Corey had hemophilia and contracted HIV from using tainted blood products. He became one of our foremost advocates to win compensation for those infected with factor concentrates, and he helped draft the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act.
In 1992, Corey co-founded and in 1995 was elected president of the Committee of Ten Thousand (COTT), a nonprofit that represented the thousands with hemophilia who were infected with HIV. From 1995-1999 he was appointed as a voting member of the FDA, Blood Products Advisory Committee. He went on to participate in several state and national working groups on blood safety and AIDS education. He worked endless days and nights to ensure that those infected received the support and care they deserved. He had excellent skills in both writing and speaking. Previously, he was a journalist covering Latin America and US foreign policy. You can Google his name and read numerous articles he has written, or were written about him.
|Corey Dubin, a legend|
Corey was a rare leader: at first situational, contracting HIV, deciding to do something to protect others from getting it, and striving to win compensation for those infected; positional, as president of COTT; and transformational, as government and the community changed to reflect his insistent requests and demands for safer blood and blood products. He was our warrior, a leader on the front lines, taking a bullet, and continuing on. I stood in awe of him, and he was a bit wary of me at first. I could not comprehend what he had been through and he knew this. My son with hemophilia represented the next generation, HIV-free, thanks to advocates like Corey. I could never know what he and his peers had endured.
|Laurie Kelley and Corey Dubin at|
NHF Meeting in Denver, 2008
I'm sorry he has not lived to see the memorial, which will become a reality. And true to his wishes for others, we will never forget him, his charismatic presence, his gravelly voice, flowing locks and ice blue eyes, his bear hugs, his passion, his caring. He truly loved this community and gave his life for it and our children, who enjoy safe products and a bright future.
Corey lived in California, and leaves behind three daughters and six grandchildren.
You can watch Corey give a speech on blood safety here: https://vimeo.com/36715851