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Jay Niver, Journalist and Public Relations

Season 3, Ep. 44

We are North Carolina’s only citizen advocacy Not for Profit specifically seeking enactment of Medical Aid in Dying legislation in N.C. and respect for every individual’s End of Life Decision.


Jay Niver is a retired journalist and public relations consultant who became involved in the right-to-die movement by supporting and documenting his father's "final exit.” An Ohio native, Jay worked 30 years in the Carolinas before moving to Canada and returning after his wife's long, drawn-out surrender to terminal disease. He has extensive experience in corporate and healthcare communications, as well as editing newspapers and specialized publications.

Jay@dyingrightnc.org

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Eileen Robertson Hamra

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