Music veteran Natalie Cole used her voice to help lead a public health campaign for hepatitis C for World Hepatitis Day on Wednesday night (Jul 27) in New York City. The Grammy award singer, who helped raise more than $250,000 to support testing, awareness programs, and services for people with chronic HCV infection, was diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C during a routine blood test in 2008, before she realized she had the disease for over twenty-five years.
“I am grateful that Merck and the American Liver Foundation created this campaign to give a voice to those with chronic hepatitis C, and I hope that my story can help others overcome their fears about taking that next step by talking to their doctor about Cole is joining the campaign to encourage others with chronic hepatitis C to put aside fear and stigma and take action,’ said Cole
Cole recently performed at a Tune In to Hep C, a benefit concert to help collect funding for American Liver Foundation and to the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, two organizations focused on reducing the incidence of hep C in the United States.
Around the world, an estimated 2 billion people have been infected with hepatitis, according to new statistics from the World Health Organization â but what’s even more concerning is that most of these people don’t even know they have the liver disease because many carriers can live for years â even decades â without experiencing any symptoms.