Living with a rare disease is not easy, it can be confusing, frustrating and scary. It is even harder when you face these challenges alone. Derek, an HAE patient, wanted to create a way to connect young persons across Canada who have been diagnosed with HAE. His goal was a support system for youth all across Canada, where they could connect and communicate with others who could understand and relate to their experiences.
Sadly, Derek passed away on HAE Day, May 16, 2012 and did not get to see this goal realized. HAE Canada is proud to honour his memory in our efforts to join together Canadian youth living with HAE.