The Friends at NIH touch patients’ and their families’ lives in three ways:

  • Shelter near the NIH during treatment and help keeping up with housing costs at home;
  • Support systems including family and caregiver travel costs back and forth to the NIH;
  • Quality of life to take some of the stresses off, like a meal when they arrive on Sunday to start a week of difficult treatments;

We are champions of NIH patients, helping to cover their essential needs so they can focus on recovery, healing and their unique role in health discoveries. These breakthroughs provide Hope for you and your family–and all future generations.

Our Board

Heidi Grolig, Chief Executive Officer
Jerry Sachs, President
Tim Fenton, First Vice President
Diane Baker, Second Vice President
Therese Draddy, Program Manager
Catlin O’Shaughnessy Coffrin
Jill Conover
Terri Cooper
Lawrence Eldridge, Federal Liaison
Adrienne Farrar

Monica Hanson
Steve Levin
Roger Longenderfer
Connie Mattingly
Steve McGowan
Randy Schools, advisor
Char Silberg
Sandeep Somaiya


Meet Our Board

The Friends of Patients at the NIH