It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Dennis Pollock. He passed away Monday, October 4, with friends and family near, at the transplant center in Dallas, TX. He was a tireless advocate for the Alpha-1 community and a friend to us all – we celebrate him in our thoughts and prayers.
Indeed we do.
I had the privilege of meeting Dennis during Genetics Day on the Hill in July 2009. We were traipsing all over Capitol Hill, urging mostly recalcitrant and poisonous politicians to pass a health care bill, support a genetic testing registry, etc. It was 90 degrees in the shade and the humidity was stifling. I don’t know that I thought we were wasting our time, but I certainly had real misgivings about the whole process. Dennis, a man who had survived a double-lung transplant in 1993 and been instrumental in getting Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), aka Dr. No, to relent and support GINA, had none. He was indefatigable. If I ever needed an advocate, I would want that person to be like Dennis Pollock. I feel fortunate to have known him. He will be missed.