On Dec. 2, a very special group of people gathered to celebrate a very special gift.
"Participation in clinical trials is a truly noble act, and we consider the people who volunteer for research part of our family," says Dr. Gregory Jicha, a professor at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. "So it's natural that we would gather at the holidays to share a little joy and thanksgiving."
Every year, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has a party for patients who have volunteered to participate in research at the center. It's an annual highlight for patients and staff alike, who often form special bonds over the course of several years.
Geneva Pope is one example.
This 94 year old, "and 3 months," she chimes in, began participating in clinical trials at Sanders-Brown 14 years ago. "God wants me to help people, and this is one way I can," she explains.
The entire Sanders-Brown staff adores this self-proclaimed "busy person." She makes them bourbon balls -- she's already made 300 this year -- and has "family" photos taken with Dr. Jicha. She has convinced several of her friends to participate as well.
"Geneva has the smallest family -- and the largest family -- of anyone I know," Jicha says. "While she has no... FULL STORY