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Meeting with Congressional Cancer Survivors Caucus

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Congressional Cancer Survivors Causus
On July 18, 2019, I had the pleasure to meet with some of the esteemed members of the Congressional Cancer Survivors Caucus during their visit to NIH. Here, I paused for a photo with (l-r) Congressman Earl “Buddy” Carter of Georgia, caucus co-chair; Jennie Lucca, chief executive officer of The Children’s Inn at NIH; Laura King, senior director of community engagement at The Children’s Inn; and Congressman Mark DeSaulner of California, a caucus co-founder and a leukemia survivor. The Congressional Cancer Survivors Caucus is a bipartisan group for members of Congress to discuss issues related to cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship with a variety of stakeholders and experts. Credit: NIH.

We are NIH

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The NIH has a brand-new welcome video, aptly titled “We are NIH.” The video is now available to greet our guests on campus and inform visitors on our website about NIH and its lifesaving mission. I think the video really captures the spirit of NIH by showcasing just a few of the many incredible people who work and volunteer here every day to help turn discovery into health. I even got to offer my own welcome at 5 minutes and 40  seconds into the video and share my thoughts about the impact of NIH-funded research. Take a look. We are NIH!

The Hats Have It

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Crazy Hats
What great fun it was to present an NIH Director’s Award to Steve Chanock for his 25 years of distinguished service as the medical director of Camp Fantastic, Front Royal, VA. Camp Fantastic allows kids undergoing treatment for cancer to spend a week around the campfire feeling like regular kids again. Camp Fantastic also has a rich tradition of asking volunteers to sport funny hats, and I got to share a fond memory with Steve, director of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at NIH’s National Cancer Institute. (Yes, Steve is wearing a taco hat.) Applauding the moment is NCI’s Jim Doroshow. The ceremony took place at NIH on July 15, 2019. Credit: Laura Beane-Freeman

Rolling Up on Secret Little Car Show

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Secret Little Car Show
The Children’s Inn at NIH held its second-annual Secret Little Car Show on June 18, 2019. I joined the fun on my motorcycle. The Secret Little Car Show aims to bring joy to seriously ill children and their families staying at The Children’s Inn. Greeting me is Bruce Lee, Driven to Cure, Silver Spring, MD. Bruce is the father of Andrew Lee, founder of Driven to Cure, who passed away recently from kidney cancer. The eye-catching orange vehicle is Andrew’s amazing 2015 Liberty Walk Nissan GT-R. Credit: NIH

With 2019 Class of Global Health Fellows

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With the 2019 Class of Global Health Fellow
I enjoyed taking part in NIH’s Fogarty International Center’s Global Health Fellows Orientation on July 2, 2019. Held on the NIH campus, the orientation allowed me to meet this year’s impressive class from the Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars. This NIH program supports six U.S. university consortia, which provide collaborative, mentored global health research training in low- and middle-income countries. Individual students, postdoctoral fellows, or faculty from the U.S. and abroad apply through the consortia to spend a year at an institution in a low- and middle-income country. Courtesy of Kristen Weymouth

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