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Portrait of Huntington’s disease

In supporting one nurse practitioner position, Les Pue is helping care for many impacted by Huntington’s disease.

In 1991, Les Pue’s wife Margaret, now deceased, was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease—a hereditary degenerative brain disorder that gradually inhibits motor and cognitive functions. There is no cure.

Pue soon saw first hand the devastating impacts Huntington’s disease can have on those afflicted with the disease and their families.

“I made a decision that helping the fight against Huntington’s disease was what I wanted to do in my retirement years,” said Pue. “I wanted to help support the care of people with Huntington’s and their families.”

Pue found a way to support the fight against Huntington disease when he became involved with UC Davis Health System’s Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence and met nurse practitioner and clinic co-director, Terry Tempkin.

“It soon became obvious that Terry was a one-in-a-million find,” said Pue, who drove his wife all the way from their home in Los Altos to the UC Davis Huntington’s disease clinic in Sacramento, one of about only 20 of its kind in the nation. “In 2000 the foundation that provided the financial support for Terry’s salary announced it was not going able to continue at that level. I heard this and it seemed like it presented the perfect opportunity for me.”

Since then, Pue has been providing half of the funding for Tempkin’s salary.

“I must say it has been one of the most rewarding involvements I have ever had and certainly the best money I have ever spent,” Pue said.

Tempkin said Pue’s support is allowing her to be a better nurse practitioner.

“This support allows me to expand the services I am able to provide to these families,” she said. “Les’ commitment is philanthropy in real time and that is making a difference now in the lives of many families impacted by this disease.”