In 1999 at the age of 33, Patrick Barnes awoke one morning with symptoms
of an autoimmune disease after having survived Hodgkins Disease twice.
After eight weeks of hospitalization at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance,
Patrick passed away. The extraordinary care he received by nurses in the
hospital prompted the Barnes to form
The DAISY Foundation (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) as a way
to say “thank-you for the gifts nurses give their patients and families
Now with over 3,000 healthcare facilities and nursing schools in all 50
states and 17 countries, The DAISY Foundation is committed to honoring
nurses with The DAISY Award to empower these special caretakers and show
them how appreciative we are of their care and compassion.
Congratulations to our DAISY winners and nominees!