Dan Diaz is the husband of Brittany Maynard, who died in November 2014 from a brain tumor. The couple moved from California to Oregon, one of five states that has authorized medical aid in dying so Brittany could have the option of a gentle dying process instead of an agonizing one. As a result of Brittany’s story, in 2015 legislators introduced bills to authorize medical aid in dying in 25 states and Washington DC. Dan advocates for expanding the availability of end-of-life options for terminally ill, mentally capable individuals and has partnered with the non-profit organization Compassion & Choices. Dan’s efforts were instrumental in securing the passage of the End of Life Option Act in California, and his efforts to advance similar bills continue in the other states across the country.
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