The Grateful Patient

July 25, 2019

In this week’s episode of the “CURE Talks Cancer” podcast, we spoke with ex-NFL kicker Rolf Benirschke about being a grateful patient and how one can choose to be the victim or the victor in their diagnosis.

Rolf Benirschke was a placekicker for the San Diego Chargers when he was faced with a life-threatening challenge off the field: battling ulcerative colitis. Returning to the NFL, he went on to not only be the first NFL player ever to wear an ostomy appliance, but also a grateful patient.

Since, Rolf has dedicated his life to patient advocacy and supporting the research and innovation that leads to new therapies for all diseases. He co-founded a patient engagement company as well as the Grateful Patient Project to continue to improve patient outcomes.

In this week’s episode, we spoke with Rolf about his work to improve patient engagement and his advice on how individuals facing their own diagnosis can choose to become the victim or the victor in fighting their disease.

For more information, visit gratefulpatient.org.


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