By Meghan Arbegast Smith

One year and a month. That’s how long ago the coronavirus pandemic drastically altered our personal and professional lives. While many things changed for us at The Children’s Inn at NIH, a free hospitality house for children, teens and young adults participating in NIH research studies, the forced absence of our wonderful volunteers as part of our coronavirus safety measures has been the most notable change.

Inn Volunteers During the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch in 2019.

Every year, The Children’s Inn counts on the support of more than 110 volunteers working regularly scheduled shifts. Adding up their hours, our volunteers work as much as nearly one-third…

By: Beth Maloney

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the devastating consequences of health inequities to the forefront. This World Health Day, I urge all of us to join the World Health Organization’s call to build a fairer, healthier world.

The data is daunting: people of color are getting infected and dying from COVID-19 at significantly higher rates. The underlying factors contributing to these and other disparities are pervasive and can feel overwhelming. You may ask yourself, “How can any single individual take on this global challenge?” …

By Elaine Currie

My new boss, Fern, enthusiastically announced, “We just started a great committee — and we’d love for you to be involved!”

I remember feeling humbled to be asked to serve as The Inn liaison for the Women for The Inn (WINN) Committee. Established the very same week I began my position at The Children’s Inn at National Institutes of Health in November 2018, this was quite an honor.

From its inception, I understood a few key truths; WINN is an important initiative, carefully planned by Inn leadership to promote diversity and inclusion within the organization, that WINN…

By: Stephanie Feinberg

“I just don’t want anything to be wrong,” I remember saying. I was lying in a hospital bed a week before my 21st birthday. My right eye was lazy. I was on week three of a migraine. I could barely feel my hands or feet. The neurologist looked at me and said, “Something is wrong.” Other doctors said, “I don’t know if your vision will return to normal … if you will be able to drive again … if your memory will get better.”

I was diagnosed with a rare disease, a neurological condition. My brain constantly…

By Jennie Lucca

On this World Cancer Day, I would first like to take a moment to reflect on the 11,050 children under the age of 14 who will be diagnosed with cancer in just this year alone. Despite major treatment advances, cancer continues to be the second leading cause of death for children in the United States (National Cancer Institute). As a partner in hope and discovery, our goal at The Children’s Inn at NIH is to provide relief, support and strength to children, young adults and their families who participate in clinical research studies at the National Institutes…

By: Jennie Lucca

CEO of The Children’s Inn at NIH

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed clinical research into the limelight, and it is our best hope to effectively end this pandemic. As a result, the greater public is starting to understand how clinical trials truly work. After all, they have played a crucial role in our lives. Clinical research has resulted in vaccines and pioneering treatments for cancer, sickle cell, and even the seasonal flu. But it takes more than our dedicated medical experts to bring about these new successes. …

The Children's Inn at NIH

A Place Like Home for children, young adults, and their families seeking their best hope for a cure at the National Institutes of Health

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