Hawken Miller, features writer —

Hawken graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2019. Before joining BioNews, he wrote for the Washington Post’s video game and esports section, Launcher, where he still contributes as a freelancer. Hawken is also a columnist for BioNews, focusing on his experience with Duchenne muscular dystrophy for Muscular Dystrophy News Today. His work has appeared in Dot Esports, The Orange County Register, KTLA 5, and The Sacramento Bee. He won a Webby for virtual reality journalism at USC.

Articles by Hawken Miller

Rare Disease Day Panel Opens Window to Patient Experience

BioNews, the publisher of this website, hosted a virtual panel discussion on Rare Disease Day 2022, taking a deeper dive into what it’s like to live with a rare disease, including conversations about advocacy, mental health, survivor’s guilt, treatment of minority patients, and more. The Monday event, “A…

Q&A With RARE-X Disease Data Platform Founder, Nicole Boice

The nonprofit RARE-X is creating an easily-accessible, centralized data hub for all rare disease patient data that can help researchers answer questions about existing disorders, discover new ones, and work toward finding treatments. It was spun out of the work that Nicole Boice, founder and chief engagement officer of…

Rare Disease Day Events Bring Awareness, Equity to Patients

Since 2008, Rare Disease Day — the last day of February — has brought together patients, caregivers, family members, friends, and advocates from around the world to raise awareness and improve equity for the more than 7,000 known rare diseases that affect more than 300 million people. In 2022, the…

With Likely Diagnosis, Target ALS Founder Refocuses

Note: This story was updated Jan. 25, 2022, to clarify that Target ALS has raised $90 million since its inception in 2010. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been a part of Daniel Doctoroff’s life for more than two decades. His father, Martin Doctoroff, died of the disease in 2002, and…

Former NFL Player Tim Green Won’t Let ALS Define Him

Once a first-round draft pick for the Atlanta Falcons, Tim Green now is battling another opponent — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The disease has left him unable to walk, speak, eat, drink, or breathe on his own, but he hasn’t let it obscure his positive outlook on life. “I…

New Quality of Life Survey Aims to Help Inform ALS Community Needs

BioNews Insights is launching a survey, in collaboration with ALS News Today, with the goal of understanding how different aspects of this disease affect an individual’s quality of life. The survey, which is expected to take about 15 minutes to complete, opens with WHOQOL-100, a set of questions developed by…