NATIONAL GRATEFUL PATIENT DAY
National Grateful Patient Day on September 7 provides an opportunity to show appreciation for the hard working professionals in the medical industry as well as the families/caregivers of anyone receiving life-giving medical care. It also honors the indomitable spirit of these courageous patients who are grateful to be alive.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Grateful patients are encouraged to visit www.gratefulpatient.org to share their inspirational stories of hope. They may take a moment on September 7 to thank their families, doctors or nurses, as well as the medical researchers/pharmaceutical companies who played a critical role in their recovery via a note/email/phone call or posting on social media using #gratefulpatient.
As an NFL player, Rolf Benirschke faced a battle on the field every Sunday. But more importantly, he fought his own personal battle with ulcerative colitis, ostomy surgery, and Hepatitis C—from his numerous blood transfusions—that nearly cost him his life. He emerged as a grateful patient, dedicated his life to patient advocacy, and became passionate about encouraging research and innovation related to future therapies.
September 7, 1980, was Rolf’s improbable and nearly impossible comeback to the NFL after his illness. His two field goals and four extra points contributed to the Chargers 34-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed Grateful Patient Day to be observed annually on September 7 beginning in 2017.
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