Hi my name is Joan Block. I’m a co-founder of the Hepatitis B Foundation with my husband Tim Block who is a virologist and wanted to establish a foundation to find a cure after I was diagnosed with hepB in 1989. Tim persuaded our friends Paul and Janine Witte to help us start the foundation. And today, the foundation is celebrating its 30th Anniversary!!! The Hepatitis B Foundation mission is to find a cure and improve the lives of those affected by hepatitis B worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. Our commitment and energy for working towards eliminating hepB has not diminished!!
Professionally, I’m a registered nurse who has dedicated the past 30 years to becoming educated about hepB and since my retirement as Exec Director of the foundation in 2017, I’m now much more involved in personally sharing with others what I’ve learned and experienced these past 30+ years since being diagnosed with chronic hepB. To date, I’ve lived a long, healthy and happy life with a wonderful husband and 2 adult children who are also happily married. And oh, I just became a grandmother!!