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

Jerry Sachs, President
Tim Fenton, First Vice President
Catlin O’Shaughnessy Coffrin, Second Vice President
Diane Baker, Special Advisor to the Board
Brooke Betts
Eric L. Cole,  Advisor to the Board
Beth Cooper
Terri Cooper
Lawrence Eldridge, Federal Liaison

Adrienne Farrar
Steve Levin
Roger Longenderfer
Connie Mattingly
Steve McGowan
Grant Perry
Randy Schools, Advisor
Sandeep Somaiya

Meet Our Board



Heidi Grolig, Chief Executive Officer
Therese Draddy, Program Manager
Char Silberg, Communications Manager
Benjamin Campbell, Intern

Meet Our Staff

The Friends of Patients at the NIH