We are deeply saddened to report that on April 9th, founding Board of Trustees member Michael Carden passed away, he was 40 years old.
We will be celebrating Michael’s life and memory at a New York City Memorial on Thursday, April 26th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, invitation HERE.
Michael’s obituary ran in the New York Times, text here:
Michael Carden, dear friend and colleague, loving son, brother, and uncle, died unexpectedly on April 9, 2012.
Michael was loved and respected by his clients and colleagues. He was a leading force in harm reduction in New York and nationwide and a fierce advocate for the rights and health needs of people who use drugs. He directed an NIH-funded project at Weill Cornell and SUNY Downstate Medical Centers evaluating a pioneering intensive case management program that he developed to deliver integrated multidisciplinary hepatitis C care and antiviral treatment to active drug users.
Michael chaired the Board of Directors of New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE) and the Washington Heights CORNER Project (WHCP) and served as past President of the National Hepatitis C Advocacy Council. He served on the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable Steering Committee, the Hepatitis C Fair Pricing Coalition, and the Hepatitis C Community Advisory Board, advising pharmaceutical companies on the impact of their antiviral drug development programs on the poor and the underserved.
Michael was kind, smart, and skilled as a clinician. The breadth of his skills and knowledge was matched only by their depth. He had a deep understanding of policy, research and the treatment of both substance use and hepatitis C. Michael understood addiction scientifically but could also connect with clients in a deeply human manner, while remaining objective enough to help them. He understood the science of behavior change and was skilled at helping people take difficult, challenging steps toward healthier behaviors. He thoroughly understood hepatitis C and the risks and benefits of treatment. He understood the complications of treatment and how to help people manage them. He understood how to provide information that would be absorbed and support that was nourishing. He understood the medical aspects of addiction and its complications and was equally comfortable in medical and community settings. He understood how to design and conduct research that would make a difference. He understood policy and how to effect change. Michael was a hero. He was kind, gentle, caring, generous, smart, funny, passionate, stubborn, loving, courageous, and wise. His spirit will live long in the hearts and work of the many whose lives he touched.
Michael is survived by his mother and stepfather Diannee and Stephen Glenn, father Gene Carden, brothers John, Marcus, Jeff, and Steve, nieces Elizabeth, Emily, Mallory, Brielle, nephews Jimmy, Matthew, Jayce, Eli, and cat Transgressor.
More at www.legacy.com/obituaries/reflector
A memorial service celebrating Michael’s life will be held on April 26, 5:00-7:30 pm, St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10th St., New York.
We are bereft and heartbroken. Somehow we will recover and continue the work Michael cherished, but at this moment it is hard to imagine how. Michael showed love and generosity to so many no matter who they were. He was our friend. We loved him. He is missed.