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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 Party Hearty, the Genuardis’ YouTube channel. Their audience has grown to more than 2,300 subscribers. But music is more than just an…

Grateful giving enables vital treatment and research

When asked to describe Tom Cocking, people mention his steady, unassuming character or his friendly yet no-nonsense demeanor. He was many things to the people in his life — a loving husband, a devoted provider and caring father, and a reliable friend and neighbor. Although Tom passed away from pancreatic…

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.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Beckett

Beckett Genuardi spent his first two months of life at home with his family surrounded by the love of his parents and three siblings. Beckett’s mom, Taylor Genuardi, started to notice what seemed like difficulty with Beckett’s breathing but was told everything was fine.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Amelia

Walking the streets filled with magic at Walt Disney World, lying outside for hours during the day and enjoying playdates at Gigi’s Playhouse, 4-year-old Amelia King was always on the go. Just starting Pre-K, Amelia was diagnosed with B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia this past May.