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As a family, we were impressed with the care Pat — my young husband who was also a loving son, a new father and a tremendous friend — received from nurses in Texas and Seattle. But after eight weeks of hope, we lost him.
Patrick Barnes died in 1999 at the age of 33 from the autoimmune disease idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. In the midst of our grief, we felt a strong need to say thank you to his nurses. Our one thank you has grown into more than 1 million more for nurses around the globe.
Patrick’s death left a gaping hole in our hearts and lives. We knew early on that we wanted to do something in his memory — something that would keep his very special, kind, funny, giving spirit alive.
We decided to form a nonprofit foundation, naming it DAISY, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, tying back to the condition that took Pat from us. What would the DAISY Foundation do? How would we turn our grief into something positive?