by Renée Bremer, M.S., and June A. Peters, M.S., C.G.C.
In honor of Family Caregivers Day in November, staff members of the Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB) planned, transported, and served dinner for dozens of families staying at the NIH Children’s Inn.
Renée Bremer, M.S., and Jennifer T. Loud, R.N., C.R.N.P., D.N.P., Deputy Chief of CGB, led the organizing efforts with support from Branch Chief Mark H. Greene, M.D., and Bridget Kuzma, the Family Program & Community Outreach Coordinator at the Children’s Inn. CGB fellow Lisa Mirabello, Ph.D., and her husband, John Lombardi, worked with Ali Abduljabbar, owner of the Fontina Grille in Rockville, Maryland, to secure the donation of a pizza party for the children and a multi-course Italian dinner for their parents. Other CGB staff members voluntarily contributed to the dinner either financially or as servers.
Thanks to the CGB staff, the NIH patients and their families residing at the Children’s Inn enjoyed a delicious hot meal at the end of a long day of clinical research and patient care activities. In addition, the CGB staff experienced the joy of helping others.
The Children’s Inn at NIH serves pediatric patients and their families who have traveled from around the world to the NIH Clinical Center for help when conventional treatments have proved insufficient.