June 13, 2017 –
Former NFL Pro Bowl placekicker and patient advocate, Rolf Benirschke is coming to the New York
State Capitol to talk about his journey as a patient and how medical innovation saved his life...twice! He
will touch on the importance of research and development in the medical community and the
importance of continued patient advocacy.
Rolf Benirschke played 10 seasons in the NFL as the placekicker for the San Diego Chargers when, in his
second season, he was stricken with a life-threatening illness that would require two major abdominal
surgeries and nearly cost him his life. His experiences as a patient led him to create a nationwide patient
advocacy and support program for those facing inflammatory bowel disease or ostomy surgery. He
currently serves as the national spokesman for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and is the Co-Founder
and Chief Patient Officer of Legacy Health Strategies.
Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes, who will be providing opening remarks, is a long time patient
champion. Assembly Member Peoples-Stokes has been a leader in the legislature for more than a decade
and is staunch advocate for her constituents, the city of Buffalo and the Western New York region.
A light breakfast will be provided.
RSVP by Wednesday, June 7 to Kaitlyn MacLeod: firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-455-5120.
Visitor parking is available in the V-Lot of the Empire Plaza.