Ways To Give
“I support the FNIH because a gift can help save people and entire families. The NIH helped my family understand what happened to so many of them, why these people died and what was going on. Now they know and can make choices and seek treatment. It's a miracle that they were able to do that in just one generation.”— Carrie Trahan
Carrie Trahan's son Kyle was the first patient that NIH researchers found living with a rare kidney cancer called Hereditary Leiomyomatosis and Renal Cell Cancer (HLRCC). After testing other family members, it became clear that HLRCC was the disease experienced by Kyle's late father and many others. By studying the family's samples, scientists soon discovered the genetic marker for HLRCC. A few years later, they even developed a simple blood test to identify patients with the disease and are exploring treatment options. The Trahan family made these incredible scientific advances possible.