Beth: A Grateful Patient

After receiving treatment at the NIH twice in her lifetime, Beth Cooper says that the National Institutes of Health campus feels like home to her. Beth currently serves as the Vice President of Friends of Patients at the NIH’s board, but her ties to the NIH stem back to when she was an NIH pediatric […]

A Family Man’s Road to Recovery

Christian’s world turned upside down when he was diagnosed with mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), a widely dispersed infection throughout his body. According to Christian’s doctor, Dr. Steve Holland, due to Christian’s symptoms, it was apparent he has an immune dysfunction. Since Christian’s arrival at the Clinical Center in January, Dr. Holland has been trying to […]

A Grateful Patient Now Helping Others

If you ask Carolyn C. her age, she’ll be ecstatic to tell you that she is turning 63 very soon. Why is she so excited? “Nobody would’ve even imagined I’d make it to 63,”Carolyn said.

Doc Rock

They’re researchers, scientists and physicians—even the director—at the National Institutes of Health. They’re also just musicians having fun. (Link to article from Bethesda Magazine, 11/4/2019)

Bonnie’s Brain Tumor “Gift”

Having a brain tumor would devastate most people. But Bonnie L. says it’s actually been something of a gift. “I was a workaholic,” she says. “It was a gift that taught me to slow down, and have balance and gratitude in my life.” Bonnie, a West Palm Beach, FL., resident, describes herself as a positive […]

Aaron’s Story – Bold Treatment and Strong Family Support

Aaron H. has suffered from a rare genetic deficiency since he was two years old. His entire life, he had numerous pneumonias and other serious illnesses, yet he didn’t know why. Then, finally he was was diagnosed with Rag 1 deficiency at the NIH six years ago. “It’s a huge relief to know your enemy […]

Daniel’s Story – The Gift of Housing

Cooking is Daniel’s passion and work. A chef and restaurant consultant from Lawton, OK, Daniel, 53, is stirring up a special stovetop meal in the comfort of an apartment, sponsored by Friends’ donors at The Flats 8300 near the NIH campus. Daniel feels good and says standing, including at the stove, is part of his […]

Matthew and his wife, Dana

Matthew’s Drive for a Cure

Matthew and wife, Dana, both worked two jobs until recently. He has always been too proud and independent to need or ask for help, Dana explains. But his journey from his home near Baltimore to the National Institutes of Health to enroll in a treatment study tipped the scales of challenges and they reached out […]

Dr. Terri Cooper

Thank You Dr. Cooper

Dr. Terri Cooper recently retired from the Board of Directors after serving nearly five years. Terri brought her professional insights, personal passion and extensive network of colleagues and friends to enrich our development and marketing work to raise the visibility of Friends. “There is so much competition among charities out there. Friends at NIH is […]

Sierra’s Comeback

Sierra smiled – and shed a few tears — as she posed recently with her physician, Dr. Mark Ball. After a round of tests and a sleepless night, she’d gotten the good news that she’s cancer free. It’s too soon for her to consider herself cured – that takes five years – but she was […]

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