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Friends of Patients at the NIH

Out for a Ride

Posted on by Dr. Francis Collins

I had a great time meeting up on my Harley with more than a dozen motorcycle riders as part of a recent charity event that raised more than $5,000 for the Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund and Friends of Patients at the NIH. The fundraising drive, held on June 26, started in Fairfax, VA, rolled into Montgomery County, MD, and made its way to Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park for lunch and ceremonies. The photo to the left shows the group out for a ride. In the photo to the right, I’m saying hello to Narisu Narisu (l), a bioinformatics scientist with NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and Darryl Leja (r), NHGRI’s visual information specialist. Credit: NIH

NIH Family Members Giving Back: Diane Baker

Posted on by Dr. Francis Collins

In the kitchen of The Children's Inn

Caption: My wife Diane inspired me and my staff to volunteer to make dinner for patients and their families at The Children’s Inn at NIH.
Credit: NIH Record

My blog usually celebrates biomedical advances made possible by NIH-supported research. But every August, I like to try something different and highlight an aspect of the scientific world that might not make headlines. This year, I’d like to take a moment to pay tribute to just a few of the many NIH family members around the country who, without pay or fanfare, freely give of themselves to make a difference in their communities.

I’d like to start by recognizing my wife Diane Baker, a genetic counselor who has always found time during her busy career to volunteer. When I was first being considered as NIH director, we had lots of kitchen table discussions about what it might mean for us as a couple. We decided to approach the position as a partnership. Diane immediately embraced the NIH community and, true to her giving spirit, now contributes to some wonderful charities that lend a welcome hand to patients and their loved ones who come to the NIH Clinical Center here in Bethesda, MD.