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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.

Commencement 2019 at Sarah Lawrence College

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Commencement 2019 at Sarah Lawrence College
On May 23, Sarah Lawrence College held its Graduate Commencement 2019 under a large tent on the South Lawn of its Bronxville, NY campus. Sarah Lawrence alumna Diane Baker, a pioneer in genetic counseling whom I’m lucky to call my wife, and I gave the commencement address. Afterwards, I snapped this photo with Diane (center) and Sarah Lawrence president Cristle Collins Judd (right). Congratulations graduates!

Celebrating Bike to Work Day

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Bike to Work Day 2019
On May 17, 2019, NIH celebrated National Bike to Work Day. It was a beautiful morning for everyone to gather on the NIH campus and salute the many positive aspects of biking to work. Joining me in this photo are (from left to right) my daughter Margaret Collins; my wife Diane Baker; and Vernon Anderson, a program director with NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and president of the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club. Credit: Lisa Helfert.

Taking the Challenge During American Heart Month

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Around the Campfire at Camp Fantastic

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Dr. Francis Collins sings for children around a campfire at Camp Fantastic

I always have such a wonderful time each August visiting Camp Fantastic in Front Royal, VA. This year, I got to sing a few songs around the campfire with my wife Diane Baker and granddaughters Bailey and Norah. Camp Fantastic provides a unique, week-long camping experience for about 100 children with cancer. We were there on August 14, 2018. Credit: Chia Chi Chang


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