Patient Stories

Patients come here from around the world to receive treatment they can’t find anywhere else.

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Changing Lives with Our Never Say Never Attitude

Every day patients come here, often as a last resort. Our new patient story video highlights Jordan's mom, who was desperate to save his life; Jacob, a firefighter, who couldn't breathe at work; and Livia, who turned to research to improve her asthma.

Watch our team of doctors, researchers and other providers come together to find those elusive answers and improve patients' lives.


  • Lucie's Story

    Five-Year Old Donates
    Birthday Money

    During treatment for her eczema, she made many trips to the "Prize Closet" for a special toy that made being in the hospital a little more fun. She wants other kids to have the same memorable experience. Read about how she asked for donations instead of presents for her birthday. Lucie's Story

  • The Aguirre’s Story

    Helping One Family
    Back to Health

    Asthma and food allergies were keeping Rebecca Aguirre and her children, Bayleigh and Colin, from doing the things they enjoy. After receiving care at National Jewish Health, they have peace of mind and are able to bike, swim and run again. The Aguirre’s Story.

  • Jaxon's Story

    Jaxon Was Stuck in a
    Cycle of Eczema Flare-Ups

    Jaxon and his family came to National Jewish Health when topical steroids stopped working on his skin. Our pediatric team taught them how to use the soak-and-seal method to control his eczema symptoms and help him live a normal life.
    Read Jaxon's story.

  • Laurie's Story

    Saving Laurie’s Life

    Laurie Cahill could not believe it when she was told that her breathing problems were caused by an autoimmune rheumatic disease. Learn how Aryeh Fischer, MD, connected autoimmune and lung disease expertise to make this life-saving diagnosis.
    Read Laurie's Story

  • Dean's Story

    The Right Place at the
    Right Time Saved His Life

    Dean Hutto had heard about National Jewish Health, but before he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2011, he'd never needed our help. He credits the experts at National Jewish Health for finding the right diagnosis and prescribing treatment at the right, life-saving time. Dean's journey

  • Ed's Story

    Life Saved by Clinical
    Trial Drugs

    Ed Duncan was given a death sentence 10 years ago – idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). His doctor said most IPF patients die within five years because there is no cure or medications. Ed decided to participate in a clinical trial for two new medications. That decision saved his life.
    Read Ed’s story

  • Zach's Story

    ‘Morgridge Academy
    Has Been a Lifesaver’

    Zach Eighmy’s mother, Jamie, knew that he wouldn’t be able to attend a regular school due to his chronic health issues. They were relieved to find the National Jewish Health Morgridge Academy for chronically ill children, where Zach is thriving. Read Zach's story

  • Kenn's Story

    Can Hair Products Cause COPD?

    Kenn Martin spent his career traveling the world styling hair at runway shows and on movie sets for stars, models and fashion’s elite. When he was 58 years old, Kenn learned that those years had taken a toll on his lungs. Now, with help from "George," he is seeing the world in a new way. How Kenn Martin Became Active Again

  • Nadine's Story

    CT Scan Saved Nadine’s Life

    When Nadine Cochran had a CT scan for a gastrointestinal condition called diverticulitis, she had no idea she would end up at National Jewish Health where doctors would work together to save her life. Read Nadine’s story

Patients Making a Difference

Charitable Remainder Unitrust ‘a Win-Win Situation’
By establishing a Charitable Remainder Unitrust with the donation of farm land in Iowa, Sally Bartalot and her husband, Robert, were able to give back to National Jewish Health and receive income for the remainder of their lives.

A ‘Win-Win’ for Donor and National Jewish Health
After donating to National Jewish Health for more than a decade, Elisabeth Szegho of Chicago decided to set up a Charitable Gift Annuity. In return for her donation, she will receive a fixed amount each year for the rest of her life.

‘Do Some Good’
Jack Hersh of California has focused his giving on hospitals that provide charity care and also conduct medical research. Through internet research, Jack found National Jewish Health, which fit both of his criteria. He has been a donor to the institution for more than two decades and recently set up a bequest in his will.