Meet Chinonso and Joseph:

Chinonso (Nonso) was born with sickle cell disease, an inherited disorder affecting red blood cells that leaves those afflicted in cycles of pain and in-and-out of hospitals. A documentary film sparked Nonso’s path to life-changing treatment: she watched the “The G Word with Adam Conover” episode ‘Disease’ that featured the NIH and the breakthrough procedure for Sickle Cell Disease developed at NIH. A bone marrow transplant could be a cure.

Meet Zander and his mom Adriana

Housing and incidentals support from Friends filled the gap between what Zander’s research protocol would cover and what the family would need to fulfill the transplant requirements.

2023 HOPE Award Recipients

We are thrilled to announce our 2023 HOPE award recipients! Mr. Jerry Sachs, currently the Vice President of the Friends at NIH board and he served as president of the board in 2017 and 2018. John Tisdale, M.D. is a physician scientist who has spent his career working with Sickle Cell Disease.

Announcing our newest patient support program “Fridays with Ana and Friends”

Announcing our newest patient support program “Fridays with Ana and Friends” As we welcome summer, we are excited to kick off our newest program bringing smiles to patients and caregivers. On May 5th, we presented our new patient wellness cart with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the NIH Clinical Center’s 3NW and NE cancer units. […]

Dr. Fauci Receives Friends at NIH’s HOPE Award

Join us in wishing a fond farewell to our Friend and partner in HOPE…
Dr. Anthony Fauci

Thank you for your lifelong dedication to science, finding cures and giving HOPE to patients across our nation and around the world.
View the video to hear inspiring words from Dr. Fauci as he received Friends at NIH’s HOPE award.

Friends at NIH -Cure Sickle Cell program- Heroes in Hope


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

Welcome to our first patient in our new ”Cure Sickle Cell Initiative” program apartment

With the help of the Friends of Patients of the NIH, Jennifer Nsenkyire and her mother, Rose, currently live in a fully furnished apartment in Bethesda, MD, while NIH treats and observes her following a second transplant. Jennifer, originally from Ghana, has suffered from sickle cell anemia from birth. She moved to the United States […]

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.

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