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.

Friends of Patients at the NIH is a 501c3 charitable organization. Your gift that means the world to patients and their families is tax deductible.

Our Board

Jay Shah, President
Andrew Derr, First Vice President
Jerry Sachs, Second Vice President
Donald Hill, CFA, Treasurer
Steve McGowan

David Liola
Jeff Vigne
Ed Benjamin
Randy Schools, Advisor

Meet Our Board



Heidi Williams, Chief Executive Officer
Christine Brake, Development Manager

Meet Our Staff

The Friends of Patients at the NIH