Organized by: Tim Lilley
The goal of the project to honor Anastacia Longenderfer Dougherty is to create and expand a funding source for the creative arts, family support, and other programs for patients and their families seeking care at NIH. We would like to have a special, but not exclusive, focus on patients placed in isolation while undergoing treatment at NIH. Patients would be provided with various arts therapy projects like bookmarks, jewelry boxes or other options of the patient’s choice to encourage creative activities while experiencing long periods of idleness and restrictive movement. While Ana was a NIH patient some of her best moments were spent doing creative activities, but those activities were limited during periods of isolation. This fund would help expand those opportunities.
Also, families or couples with financial limitations would be able to experience fun dates while recuperating off campus. While recovering Ana and her husband Chris enjoyed off-campus activities that enhanced their NIH stay. Not everyone can afford to do this and Ana’s Impact would help fund the patient’s ability to experience a respite in treatment. Ana truly believed in NIH clinical trials. She only hoped more people could experience NIH and its healing mission.