Words of Thanks to Medical Heroes
Thank you! To the millions of people who give the gift of clinical research participation each year, and to the rest of us who admire them for doing so.
It is said that the greatest gift is one which is given anonymously, giving when you do not know whether you will get direct personal benefit. This is the gift that you have given by taking part in clinical research. It is a brave and selfless act. Your decision to participate may not only bring you hope but also benefits public health and advances medical knowledge.
To show appreciation for clinical trial volunteers and recognize their gift of participation, CISCRP asks research and medical professionals, as well as patients and the public, to share messages of thanks for Medical Heroes in their lives.
Look for the CISCRP booth at conferences and meetings to write your own thank you, or submit a message on our Contact Us page here.
Dear Medical Heroes…thank you for participating in our clinical trials in spite of the uncertainly of risk or benefit. Because of you, and ONLY you, we are able to provide treatments and sometimes even a cure, to those in need. Thank you for giving us your time when you don’t have a minute to spare. Thank you for trusting us even though trust may have worn thin or vanished generations ago. Thank you for sharing your families with us because we know clinical trial participation often requires the support of loved ones. Thank you for your wish to help others. Thank you for ultimately providing hope to so many people around the world. We “hear” your voices. We “see” your faces. We know you are there. We appreciate you. We thank you.
I want to thank my son for enduring countless pokes and prods, tests, surgeries, and appointments, all for a disease he doesn't know or understand he has. His unbridled joy in the face of it all makes him my hero.
To give one's time, resources and talent for a worthy and noble cause shows your generosity of heart and soul. I really appreciate your dedication in finding a cure for diseases. You're making a difference in offering a ray of hope and lightening the burden of people in despair.
Thank you for your personal sacrifice. Without you, there would be no advancement in medicines, no cures and no promise of a better tomorrow. You are my hero!
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with one of the most dynamic research Heroes of our time, Virginia. While she would never consider herself a Hero, she certainly fits the literal definition of being a person admired for their achievements and courage, but I will let you decide. Virginia has dedicated the last 9 years of her life to volunteering for research as a way of paying it forward to future generations. She also quickly will remind you that she likes to be a pioneer for something new, and well, medicine is an evolving process where pioneers like her are needed every day. She also Is quoted as saying "this is the future of medicine and there is a lot of oversight, so you have nothing to lose! Go for it." She is my hero, and at half her age, I would be lucky to keep up with her. Thank you for you many years of contributions to medicine Virginia!
I was in Phase I, often referred to as the "Safety Phase" of clinical trials. There were five others, for a total of six, in that phase of the trial you see, I was number two in that phase, and I wanted to thank the first participant for going first. I never met any of the others in that trial. What makes my Medical Hero so special, is this was a surgical trial for Parkinson's disease. That meant we (all 6 of us) would have burr holes drilled into our heads and this therapeutic treatment placed into our brains. That was a little scary, but because the first guy did it, I followed suit. I am so glad that I followed number one (all I know is that he was a "guy") because I have learned so much about my disease. I often wonder who and where he is, and I imagine us sitting down together and comparing notes. But I knew that in doing so, it might jeopardize the statistics. But I still say thank you to the other five, and especially the very first participant for joining the trial.
You make a difference no matter what you do.