Meet Jessica and her mom Phyllis Jessica was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease just after she was born, before she and her parents left the hospital. At two years old came the first bouts with pain caused by this rare genetic disease. The pain could occur anywhere blood circulates and triggered by any stress including climbing a flight of stairs. The… Continue Reading
16th Annual Friends Golf Tournament raises $50,000! Thanks to our fantastic sponsors and all our players, our 16th annual event was a great success. We had 102 players, beautiful weather, and a great location in Manor Country Club. We are grateful to Clinical Center CEO Dr. James K. Gilman who spoke so eloquently about our special NIH patients and how Friends is… Continue Reading
NIH Police Show their Support for Patients Friends received a generous donation from NIH Police Chief Cleveland L. Spruill Sr at the annual NIH Police Day event held in front of Building One on May 16, 2024. The NIH Division of Police is part of the Office of Research Services, and a long-time supporter of Friends and of patients and families at… Continue Reading
Motorcycle Ride for Charity – June 21, 2024 Federal News Network’s anchor Tom Temin is hosting the 5th annual Motorcycle Ride for Charity. It will benefit the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund, Friends of Patients at the NIH and the U.S. War Dogs Association. Sign up the for ride here! Date: Friday, June 21, 2024 Start Time: Gather at 9:15am, kickstands up… Continue Reading
Friends Night Out 2024! October 17, 2024 Friends Night Out 2024! October 17, 2024 New Location: Manor Country Club Ballroom, Rockville, MD (plenty of parking!) We hope you will join us for our annual event, with a performance by NIH’s own "Affordable Rock and Roll Act" band, featuring Dr. Francis Collins and an incredibly talented group of NIH doctors and scientists. This… Continue Reading
Friends teams up with Progress Club for Charity Poker Tournament November 20, 2024 In partnership with The Progress Club Foundation, and MGM Casinos, Friends will host our first charity poker tournament in North Bethesda. All players will have the chance to win and know a portion of all proceeds will be donated to patient programs. We hope you will join us. Invitations going out in… Continue Reading
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As we continue the Season of Giving, we will be sharing videos and stories from our brave patients and researchers.

Our Heroes in Hope…

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Hear from our patient heroes and the researchers who dedicate their work to finding a cure for Sickle Cell disease.

VIDEOS: Meet a few of Our Heroes in Hope

Funding Supports Patients in Many Different Ways

How Donations are Used

When you give to Friends of Patients at the NIH your support can go to help patients in a variety of ways.
Whatever need they have, we work to support them. Here are some of the ways we have assisted patients in the past.

Thankful board member and NIH patient, Mr. Jerry Sachs

Jerry Sachs is a man with a mission. As a patient at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center for 40+ years, Jerry is passionate about giving back to the NIH.

“There isn’t enough I can do to show my appreciation for this treatment they have given me,” Jerry says.

Jerry wants donors to know that their donations make a difference helping to keep patients in many life-saving trials is critical for their well-being and also furthers medical science.



As we continue into 2024, we ask for your continued support. Patients are coming back to the NIH clinical center for ground-breaking, life-saving treatments.

A donation from you can mean so much to one of our patients who is looking for transportation assistance or lodging to continue or start their protocols. Please, make a gift today. It’s only though your generosity that we are able to help.
Thank you for that.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated by those we helped in 2023 and those we will support in 2024.


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17-year-old Dixon

Friends of Patient at the NIH provided support to 17-year-old Dixon and his family last year when he came to the NIH seeking a stem cell transplant for Sickle Cell Disease.

Dr. John Tisdale, his physician, who has pioneered this experimental treatment, says it is safe to say Dixon is cured! What great words for Dixon’s family to hear!

Initially, Dixon’s father, Leonard, took him and his older sister, Flavia, to India from their native country of Uganda. Both children had Sickle Cell Disease.

The family could only afford treatment for one child at a time, so Flavia told her little brother, “You go first.” Unfortunately, Flavia died waiting for medicine.

When Dixon’s father heard about this treatment in the United States, he resolved to do everything possible to save Dixon’s life. Hear Dixon’s story in his own words, meet his father and the physician/researcher, Dr. John Tisdale.

Please help us help provide emergency financial support to many more NIH patients in clinical trials, like Dixon.

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