As some of you may be aware, former HTAi Managing Director Chris Sargent was diagnosed with aggressive stage 4 cancer over the summer. The type of cancer, coupled with its advanced stage, leave Chris and his family facing an enormous uphill battle.
Chris was at the helm of the Society from 2012 through 2015, leading the organization through complex evolutions of its Annual Meetings, Policy Forums and other initiatives. HTAi is fortunate to be a small, close knit organization and many of our members and leadership team had the pleasure of getting to know him and formed strong bonds during this tenure. His illness has come as a shock to all. Chris’s attitude and spirit in the face of so many unknowns are a true testament to his character. We have no doubt he’ll approach each day fighting for the next, driven by the love from his wife, Sofia, and their young daughter, Julianna.
On behalf of the Board and the membership, HTAi has extended support to Chris and his family during this difficult time. An official donation has been made to the GoFundMe Campaign that has been set up on his behalf and we are communicating a note expressing our sympathy and support to Chris and his family. The HTAi community supports one another and we encourage you to take a moment to read Chris’s story and consider helping his family and his fight any way you can.