The Power of Childhood Meets the Power of Research

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The Power of Childhood Meets the Power of Research

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 8:00am

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“At The Children’s Inn, we are a partner in hope with families, a partner in discovery with the NIH, and above all, we are a part of the cure.”- Jennie Lucca, Inn CEO

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a place where people come in search of answers for their children’s tough medical conditions; answers that could impact their lives and, maybe someday, the lives of those you love. And while these brave children participate in NIH trials that change the face of medicine for the entire world, they stay at The Children’s Inn. More than 1,500 children and their families call The Inn “A Place Like Home” each year, as they battle life-threatening illnesses together.

These families look to you and The Inn to keep childhood alive for their daughter or son who endure grueling medical schedules and uncertain futures. But the critical support of our donors allows us to provide compassionate services and programs and thoughtful community spaces for the entire family, creating many happy childhood memories during extraordinary circumstances.  

Partners in Hope

For the children who stay at The Inn, the decision to participate in an NIH clinical trial is often their last, best hope. It’s at this critical moment in a child’s treatment that The Inn community comes together to take care of the little things, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so families can focus on the big ones: keeping their sick child happy, making time for themselves, and supporting one another.

Since The Inn opened its doors in 1990, we have supported more than 12,000 children and their families from all 50 states and 86 countries. At the end of a long, hard day, we welcome our families “home” into the vibrant community that is The Inn. Bright, spacious kitchens host nightly family dinners, where our residents share and listen to each other’s stories of joy and strength. Our children run from the game room (an Inn favorite), to the teen lounge, to the cozy bistro, where they can just be kids- and laugh, and play, and build friendships that will last a lifetime.

But our vision encompasses so much more. Because each member of every family with a sick child needs support, our programs are available to siblings, parents, and caregivers. As the generosity of our community has grown, we have expanded to offer more than 1,600 recreational, educational, and therapeutic activities each year that let families experience the joys of everyday life- like exploring exhibits at the Smithsonian or turning the frustration of illness into art in one of our many creative classes.

The families you support are just like Ryker’s - click here to watch Ryker's video. It is in their own words that we truly understand how your collective giving is changing the world.

Partners in Discovery

The NIH, the world’s premier biomedical research institution, makes discoveries that saves lives, like the bone marrow transplants that cure sickle cell disease, the treatments that made AIDS a chronic condition, or the advent of chemotherapy and immunotherapy. These discoveries are the first steps to eradicating diseases, easing pain, and making better lives possible.

But none of these breakthroughs would be possible without the people who drive them- the courageous children who become medical pioneers through their participation in NIH trials; the loving families and caregivers who endure sleepless nights and hectic days to provide their child unwavering support; and the world renowned NIH clinicians and staff who, without their expertise and determination, these groundbreaking medical discoveries would not be made.

This is the community The Children’s Inn supports and when we all work together, we make childhood possible today and a cure possible tomorrow.  

Partners in Philanthropy

Although located on the NIH campus, The Children’s Inn is not a government agency and we must receive a majority of our funding from private philanthropy. So none of our work could happen without your generosity and the generosity of every donor.

A gift to The Inn can set change in motion. Just look at what your support can mean to children and their families battling life-threatening diseases:

  • $500: Serves a Family Dinner, a favorite activity at The Inn, for 50 families
  • $250: Provides one night of lodging and activities for a family at The Inn
  • $100: Covers a grocery gift card to assist a long-term family
  • $50: Provides a video game for use in the Game Room or Teen Lounge
  • $25: Gives a family a calling card to stay in touch with loved ones

With every gift you make, a sick child and their family will have a place to call home at The Inn as they receive revolutionary treatment from the NIH. Thank you for being our partners in hope and discovery!

Our thanks to The Children's Inn at NIH for sharing their mission and impact with us.  You can learn more about their work by visiting their website at To support their efforts, please donate to The Children's Inn at NIH through your company's workplace giving program (CFC#10324 if you're a military or federal employee participating in the Combined Federal Campaign), or click here to start a workplace giving campaign.

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