"This memoir presents a grim story of the human condition--greed and dishonesty and fear and ignorance and judgment and lack of compassion. Yet, at the same time, this memoir presents an inspiring story of love and the power of passion and commitment in action--the best of people working in cooperation to pursue justice, truth and healing. Gary William Cross and his family and colleagues are a testament of responsibility to self, family and community. I am grateful for their presence and courage and persistence. In reading this memoir, I was moved to out loud laughter, fist clenching and cursing anger and tears and smiles. Vial 023 is a vital and essential hystory of people being people to their detriment and to their betterment."

-Avida, one of the 124 involved in the hemophilia/pharmaceutical company settlement

 


 

I highly encourage everyone to read this book. It will surely make NYT Best Seller list shortly. It is a book that should be mandatory for all students in High School, the Medical Field and compassionate people who know of anyone with a Chronic Illness. I personally want to thank Mr. Gary Cross for writing this book and his contributions to PSI- (Patient Services Incorporated).
 
- Diane Scott, patient of PSI
 


God willing, I will never go through such personal tragedy. But if I do, I can only pray that I am as strong and as courageous as Gary Cross. What a great and tragic story.

-Mark C. Mula, Pharmacist, Palliative Pharmacy Solutions, Board of Directors, Patient Services Inc.



Reading the book and man does this bring back memories. Such a horrible time in my life and there were so many others going through the same thing. Wish I had known them. I felt so alone sometimes. Nursing a man with AIDs and working and raising two teenagers was quite a challenge. So glad that time of Hell is over. Thank you Gary William Cross for writing this book. It's for all of us.

 
Emily Grant Cobb, wife of a Hemophiliac
 


I now appreciate more of the back story and the trials that your family has endured. The Hemophiliac community owes a great deal to your family for helping to lay the foundation for some compassion, forgiveness, and healing on both sides of the fence. I found myself cheering you on toward the end of the book. You are all an inspiration and though I shed some tears with the book, it ended with some closure. Thank you so much for writing this book! And now to share it with my friends and other family! God Bless you all. Hugs! 
 
- Paula Bond 
 


The ability to write this book allowed Gary and Karen to make their family complete in a timeless manner. The loss of Brad started at a very young age and was a 8 year nightmare that they had to find a way to navigate though. Not only were they facing the loss of one child they had to find a way to not lose Jennifer. Brads sickness was so hard on a loving and adoring sister, but the stupidity of people who didn't understand the stress and pain caused emotional and physical pain to Jenn. I am his brother but I the better end of the deal because he is my strength. I watched him hurt in many ways. Ways that most would crumble under the pain and strain. You see Gary not only lost Brad his best friend, his fishing buddy. He then suddenly had open heart surgery that took a giant toll on him and then when he was just catching his breath he received the news that he had cancer and lost the mobility to do things he loved like going to LSU games became a hard challenge. He endured Chemo, Radiation lost his dark black hair and spent time so sick it amazed me that he could hold on. Gary hasn't lost his ability to laugh but the pain and the hurt has cost him his ability to cry. You see there is just no more tears left in him. When our father died he was so hurt that he couldn't cry. I guess when you go through so much hurt you become so hard that you can't show that type of emotion ever again. So I am proud of a man I get to love because he is my brother, and no one could ask for a better brother, role model, friend, and champion.
 
— Walter Cross, Brother of Gary Cross
 


"One of the objectives of the Committee of Ten Thousand, of which I am a board member, is to establish a National Hemophilia Memorial and an associated archives which thoroughly document and preserve all information relevant to the contamination of blood and blood products by the twin pandemics of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. Fresh on the heels of Marilyn Ness' documentary film, 'Bad Blood', 'Vial 023' will once again remind us of the consequences if we fail to be vigilant about protecting our nation's blood supply. The book will be a valuable addition to our archives and should be regarded as a 'must read' by all in the hemophilia community and the pharmaceutical industry that provides our medications."
 
—Barry Haarde, Hemophiliac and Advocate   

http://www.artsenapotheker.nl/apotheker/nieuws/id166016-vial-023-a-fathers-pursuit-of-justice.html

“Sobering course in judicial matters” ‘Vial 023: a father’s pursuit of justice’, by Gary William Cross. Pp 151. Price $12.99. Kudu Publishing 2012. ISBN 978 1 938624 13 1 This book is a shocking story of two parts. The first part describes how the author’s son, Darren Bradley “Brad” Cross, became one of the estimated 10,000 haemophiliacs in the US who died after contracting HIV/AIDS through contaminated blood coagulation factors in the 1980s. That statistic is underlined with a photograph of 45 haemophiliac boys aged between six and 18 years of age taken at a summer camp in 1982. All but one of them are now dead, including Brad, who died in 1993, shortly before his 18th birthday. Brad was diagnosed as haemophiliac at birth and his parents were able to manage his condition satisfactorily. Then, in the mid-1980s, rumours of AIDS being spread by blood transfusions began to circulate. At the time haemophiliacs were told “not to worry” but, working with lawyers and other haemophiliac families, the author helped to reveal the awful truth. The second half of the story describes the key role that the author played in uncovering how four pharmaceutical companies boosted their profits by using blood from high-risk donors to make coagulation factors, how regulators failed to stop them and how those companies hid behind their legal teams while claiming: “It just happened. No one is to blame.” Vial 023 refers to a vial of Brad’s blood used as evidence in part of the protracted legal proceedings that followed. These events happened several years ago but this book is worth reading because the author has had time to reflect on his son’s short life and his own actions. Gary Cross gives a loving, sometimes humorous, passionate but remarkably composed account of what happened to his family and what he calls his “sobering course in judicial matters”. The way that Cross and two other men managed to get past the legal barrier to have an extraordinary meeting with the heads of the pharmaceutical companies involved and put an end to years of legal infighting is of particular interest. Roger Poole is a retired community pharmacist

 
—6 februari 2013 door: PJonline  

Vial 023: A Father’s Pursuit of Justice By Sue Martin  
Page 11  Volume 3, Issue 3  Have You Heard?  
Person to Person ♦ Parent to Parent ♦ Peer to Peer  

The ride home was long, 554 miles, almost nine hours, and  I had just bought a new book the day before. At NHF’s annual  meeting last year in November, I kept seeing this picture of a  book title that continuously caught my eye throughout the  meeting as I quickly passed the book tables. I am always so fo-  cused on things I want to learn about with a mission for each  national meeting that on the last day, I finally took a few mo-  ments to check out what was intriguing me throughout the  weekend. As luck would have it, the author of the book was  doing book signings and as I looked into it further, I realized I  briefly met the author and his wife during a dinner engage-  ment. Gary Cross and his wife are lovely and somewhat quiet  people, polite and charming as I would classify them. But when  I put two and two together, my heart started to ache again.  Gary and his wife suffered the ultimate heartache of our com-  munity’s past, and Gary had written a wonderful book which I  personally would recommend to anyone.  While I do realize for some, as I have heard before, thinking  of our community’s past is painful or doesn’t affect us so some-  times we just choose to not become knowledgeable of the past  history. But to appreciate all that we have accomplished  throughout the years and where we are today, I believe we need  to understand our history and be grateful always to those who  came before us.  My family entered the hemophilia community during the  1990’s, after the tragedies of our past with no recombinant  factor yet available. By the luck of a missed diagnosis, our son  was spared the earlier affects. Vial 023 is beautifully written  and for me, put all the pieces together of the history of our  community and answered some questions I never knew the  answers to. It made us laugh at times thinking of Gary saying  and doing some of the things he did, even identifying with him  during some circumstances, but for many of the pages, tears  gently flowed. Due to the fact we had such a long drive home  and were so intrigued to find out what happened next in the  book, I read the entire book out loud from cover to cover to my  husband the entire way home: no music folks, just Gary and  the Cross’s story.  A portion of the purchase of this book is donated to Patient  Services, Inc. (PSI) which provides financial support so no one  goes without health insurance or life-saving treatment. Please  think about purchasing this book and reading  it. I believe you will be glad you did! Thank  you Gary, Dana and everyone involved for continuing to keep our community safe.  It is available on amazon.com ($12.99/$7.99  Kindle) and/or go to www.023.com for more  

 
—The News Infusion Review by Sue Martin  
 
This is a poignant tale of parents who struggle raising a wonderful boy with hemophilia in the 1970s, only to learn later he has contract HIV…There have been memoirs of loved ones who have died. But to date no one has told the story of how a select few in the hemophilia community brought down the rigid armor of big pharma, against all odds, while still mourning the loss of their sons, husbands and relatives…As the mother of a child with hemophilia who has dedicated her life to helping this community, I believe this is a vital story to the hemophilia community's unique and tragic past, and is a model of advocacy: what one man can do to change the world. Everyone should read it. 
 
Laurie Kelley


 received a signed copy of "Vial 023" from Gary which may seem surprising due to the fact I am one of the "Fracs" he writes about. He included a personal statement on the inside cover. It was also signed by Karen, Jennifer and Dr. Dana Kuhn, which I will treasure. Since the settlement meeting, we have remained friends which would seem an unlikely outcome. Gary has expressed a level of generosity and forgiveness that I haven't seen before or since. Above all Gary's book is a Father's tribute to his son and the family that suffered with him. Gary does a great job chronicling the history of people and families with hemophilia through this period and does an especially good job of capturing the human experience we shared during those settlement days. Gary mentions a monetary settlement but that is the least of what was accomplished. All involved desperately needed the peace and healing that followed. I would urge all to read this story of a father's love and the family that supported him.
 
—John
 

I greatly admire Gary Cross's deep commitment -- and success-- as a father and as a citizen to advancing justice for his son and for the many people who were betrayed through the contamination of the blood supply by the HIV virus.  The story of how he and the entire hemophilia community brought about profound changes in our national health system is an important and compelling one for all Americans. 
 
— Robert K. Massie, Jr.   author, A Song in the Night: A Memoir of Resilience, or President of the New Economics Institute
 


“This thoughtful and engaging book will open your eyes to the heartbreaking struggles some American families with hemophilia were dealing with in the early days of AIDS. Gary Cross’s compelling mix of grief and humor reminds us of just how far we have come in battling this terrible disease.”
 
– Donna E. Shalala, U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services 1993-2001