September 7 – National Grateful Patient Day
Welcome! Thank you for visiting the Grateful Patient Project. My name is Rolf Benirschke and I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play in the NFL for ten years where I was chosen for the Pro Bowl and named the Walter Payton Man of the Year. But the accomplishment I am most proud of has nothing to do with football. It was surviving ulcerative colitis, ostomy surgery and hepatitis C, and becoming a Grateful Patient.
We created the Grateful Patient Project to unite a community of passionate, thankful patients like myself who want to express our gratitude to the nurses and doctors who cared for us, the family and friends who stood beside us, and the scientists/medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies who developed our life-saving therapies. Many of us recognize we would not be alive today without their selfless sacrifice and dedication.
We also believe that by raising our collective voice we can be a powerful force to encourage ongoing research and innovation and keep favorable patient outcomes at the forefront of legislation. And finally, by sharing our stories with one another we can provide hope and encouragement to patients everywhere so no one stands alone.
I hope you will take the time to listen to my story and the stories of the other grateful patients we will feature and then take just a minute to share your own. The only way we can affect change, show gratitude, and encourage one another is by standing together. We need you!!
To get started, please select the emoji describing who/what you are most grateful for and you’ll be guided through the quick and easy process to share your story. We hope you feel welcomed here and come back and visit us often as we’ll be adding new stories, inspiration, and lots of cool patient resources in the days to come. Thank you.