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
Catlin O’Shaughnessy Coffrin, First Vice President
Roger Longenderfer, Second Vice President
Steve McGowan, Treasurer
Brooke Betts
Beth Cooper
Terri Cooper

Adrienne Farrar
Tim Fenton
Connie Mattingly
Grant Perry
Sandeep Somaiya
Diane Baker, Special Advisor to the Board
Eric L. Cole,  Federal Liaison
Randy Schools, Advisor

Meet Our Board



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

Meet Our Staff

The Friends of Patients at the NIH