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Ramsey family honors a beloved brother

As Lee Ramsey’s family watched him being transported by ambulance from the emergency room at Lawnwood Hospital in Ft. Pierce to UF Health in Gainesville, they were in need of reassurance.

Grateful giving enables vital treatment and research

Although Tom passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2016, many will continue to understand his legacy through the Cocking Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, founded by his wife, Kathy Cocking, to help advance research and treatment of the disease at UF Health in his memory.

Ambassador Spotlight: Beckett Genuardi

Beckett Genuardi loves music. When he’s not learning to play the piano, Beckett is often singing with his father, Joe. Many of their songs can be heard on PartyHearty, the Genuardis’ YouTube channel. Their audience has grown to more than 2,300 subscribers. But music is more than just an…

Flying high: UF Health helps Tory stick landing

For sisters Demi and Tory Ross, not too many places feel as magical as Walt Disney World. It’s where the girls and their parents travel every year from Tallahassee during the holiday season, a cherished tradition that started soon after Tory’s birth. “We started embracing those things and really having…

Karen Kaunitz’s health journey leads to nursing education fund

One life-threatening condition is often more than enough for one person to handle. Karen Kaunitz has endured several, including brain infection, breast cancer, melanoma, lung blood clots and multiple fractures due to osteoporosis. “For me, it’s like I have nine lives,” Karen Kaunitz said. “And it’s only because of the…

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Elijah

Elijah Gonzalez has been a “local” since birth, arriving at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, and almost immediately transferring to the NICU.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Isaiah

Immediately after his birth, Isaiah Richardson was struggling to breathe. He was rushed to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital for treatment and testing.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Bailey

When Bailey was born, her parents were stunned by the diagnosis, having never heard of Turner Syndrome before, and could only find scant information on the internet. The family was referred to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital because of the breadth of care available from our Turner Syndrome specialists.