Saving Eddie’s Sight

Eduardo, 59, a successful vegetable producer lost his business and home in Texas due to a rare eye disorder that causes the muscles around his eyes to spasm and his eyes to close involuntarily. The disorder has left him functionally blind. The unusual disease, blepharospasm, initially attacked him without warning when he was driving with […]

Maryland Health Care Executives Honor Friends’ for Community Service

The Maryland Association of Health Care Executives (MAHCE) recently honored Friends at NIH with a 2018 Community Outreach Award. Heidi Williams, CEO, accepted the award from Vamsee Potluri, MAHCE and spoke at the MAHCE’s annual meeting in Towson, MD. The MAHCE recognizes healthcare organizations for outstanding work in increased overall health awareness and efforts to […]

WHY CHOOSE FRIENDS?

Friends at NIH staff, Therese Draddy, Program Manager, Heidi Williams, CEO, and Char Silberg, Communications Manager, kicked off Friends’ Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) this month at NIH’s special event embracing the theme “Show Some Love.” WHY CHOOSE FRIENDS? (To all NIHers and Federal Government Employees) It’s simple – three big reasons! #1 FRIENDS provides housing, […]

Meghan’s Search for a Cure

Meghan has a rare and life-threatening genetic disease, Dock8 deficiency. The disease, itself, was only recently discovered in 2009. Like many genetic diseases, the discovery and possible treatments were made possible by the mapping of the human genome led by Dr. Francis Collins, now Director of the NIH. All her life, Meghan has had hundreds […]

FRIENDS’ NIGHT OUT Celebration 2018

Thank you to sponsors, guests and the band! Sandeep Somaiya, Board Member and Platinum Sponsor from NET eSolutions, introduced NIH Director Francis Collins.   Dr. Collins thanked Friends at NIH for its critical support to patients and families and noted it’s been quite a journey since the first gala in a car dealership to this […]

Danielle is Counting on Us

20 year-old Danielle has been a patient at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since she was 10. She’s now facing a kidney transplant, and the life-altering chance to be free of dialysis. She’s one of the many patients and families Friends of Patients is helping this year as they navigate critical treatment at the […]

Pennies Make Good Cents

Griffin Patrick Matuszek, 9, has been collecting coins to donate to Friends at NIH for almost a year because he knows the NIH is “an awesome place and saves lives.” A fourth grader at Barnsley Elementary School in Rockville, Griffin was inspired by a coin collection at school for another charity. He delivered a jar […]

Partner’s Corner: Cafe Deluxe

Café Deluxe is our newest partner to help support patients and families. The restaurant located at 4910 Elm Street in Bethesda, near the NIH, is owned by Chef Geoff (Geoffrey Tracy) and Brian Sullivan. Café Deluxe provides discounted dinners to patients’ families through Friends’ special program, Ana’s Impact, established in memory of Ana Longenderfer Dougherty. […]

Grateful Patient and Family Program

Kathleen and Dr. Chris Adelman walk miles inside the Clinical Center daily when they are at the NIH for appointments or hospitalizations. They try to clock 10 to 16K steps a day. On a recent tour of the floors, they saw the Friends at NIH banners, and stopped in to ask how they can help. […]

Partner’s Corner: Liberal Arts Incorporated, Germantown, MD

Faith Williams, owner of Liberal Arts Inc., a graphic arts company in Germantown, MD, partners with Friends at NIH to support families because it’s a “good fit.” As a cancer survivor, she knows first hand the challenges many families face when they come to the NIH. As a child in Kenya, Faith loved to draw […]

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