I can’t say this any better or more eloquently than Doug did so I won’t try.
Hamilton was a special man. He was a passionate man. He was a tough man. He was a smart and wise man. In the 10 years that I knew him, and the 11 that I’ve known this damn disease, I never met someone who shed as many tears of frustration over this issue. Tears of political frustration, tears that lack of progress bring, tears that knowing that these two roadblocks would likely take his very own life someday. So I shed my own in his honor today. And as Hamilton would have said, “damn this disease”. We gotta keep plugging away.
Hamilton, we’ll miss you and your passion. We need to elevate, and when we wonder how, we need to remember that Hamilton rarely missed a chance to combat this illness. He was always there in some way to debate how we’d do it even when he was surely too ill to get out of bed. Heroic.
We’ll miss you, Hamilton. Rest in peace, my friend. And just know, we won’t let you down.