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Camp Fantastic 2019

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Camp Fantastic 2019
On August 15, I spent the evening at Camp Fantastic, Front Royal, VA, with my wife Diane Baker (front) and all these incredible kids. Camp Fantastic allows children undergoing cancer treatment to spend a week around the campfire and feel like regular kids again. So far, more than 2,000 children have benefited from this wonderful program. I should note that camp volunteers are asked to wear funny hats, which I gladly did. So did Steve Chanock (middle left), the camp’s medical director and a researcher at NIH’s National Cancer Institute. He’s the one in the corn cap. Credit: NIH.

Annual Retreat of NIH’s Graduate Partnerships Program

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Annual Retreat of NIH’s Graduate Partnerships Program
On August 2, 2019, I offered opening remarks for the annual retreat of NIH’s Graduate Partnerships Program. This year’s theme was, “The Science Behind Team Building and Teamwork.” Here, I joined some of the graduate students and summer interns to talk a little more about team building. The day-long retreat was held at the Smithsonian National Zoo, Washington, D.C. It was sponsored by NIH’s Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE), a division of the Office of Intramural Research (OIR). Credit: Philip Wang.

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.

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

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