Joseph P. Roberson Foundation

Founded: October 1, 1991

About the JP Roberson Foundation

Funding Care Until There’s A Cure

The Joseph P. Roberson Foundation is a tax exempt, non-profit organization under the IRS Tax Code 501(c)(3). The Foundation helps fund the Nurse Practitioner at the UC Davis Medical Center Huntington’ s Disease Clinic in Sacramento, California, through an annual grant.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to support clinical care for families affected by Huntington’ s disease.


Joseph P. Roberson started his Foundation after he was diagnosed with Huntington’ s disease. The mission of the Foundation is fulfilled with an annual grant to the Huntington’s Disease Clinic at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. This grant helps fund the HD nurse’s salary. The nurse practitioner’ s role is to care for Huntington’ s disease patients through clinical care and clinical trials.

Teresa Tempkin, RN, MS, ANP, is the HD Clinic’ s nurse practitioner. For nearly twelve years, she has worked directly with Dr. Vicki Wheelock, the clinic’s neurologist and movement disorder specialist.

Together Dr. Wheelock and Teresa Tempkin care for 250 people affected with Huntington’s disease; their clinic is the fourth largest HD clinic in the US. There are seven clinical trials/ studies taking place with a stem cell trial in the pipeline. Their team of experts includes: a psychiatrist, genetic counselor, social worker and physical therapist. Through the HDSA Center
of Excellence at the UC Davis Medical Center, this team approach provides the best care for the person affected with Huntington’ s disease.

Although Joe and three other members of his family have died from HD, his vision of caring for people with HD lives on through the work of his Foundation. Your tax-deductible gift helps ensure that this important work continues. Because the Foundation is run by volunteers and has no overhead, 100% of your donation is used to fund the clinic.

Contributions may be sent to:
The Joseph P. Roberson Foundation
6975 Warbler Way, Sacramento, CA 95831

Tax ID#: 94-3148459


The Joseph P. Roberson Foundation's Tribute to Pidge Roberson

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011, Pidge passed away peacefully at her home in El Macero;
she was 86. You can read her inspiring obituary by copying and pasting the link below.


After Joe died in Sept. 2000, Bob and Pidge Roberson were the Joseph P. Roberson
Foundation's largest donors. They believed in the Foundation's single-focus mission
of helping to provide clinical care for people with Huntington's disease at UC Davis
Medical Center in Sacramento. To acknowledge their dedication and generosity, the
Foundation's board of directors made them honorary directors.

Even after Bob passed away in 2007, Pidge remained active in the local HD activities
because she cared about her stepchildren and grandchildren who lived at-risk for
HD. Thank you for your generous donation to the Joseph P. Roberson Foundation in
memory of Pidge Roberson.

Please note: This PayPal account was set up to securely accept online donations in memory of
Pidge. You do not need to register with PayPal to make an online credit card donation. Please
scroll down to find the word "continue" to the right of the credit card logos--it will then take
you to the credit card donation page.

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