The holiday season often reminds us of the importance of helping people in need. During this special time of year, we invite you to make a gift that helps patients at UF Health, like Brynn Grulich.

Last year, 8-year-old Brynn’s health failed dramatically. Her pediatrician in Tallahassee referred her to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital for testing, where she and her family learned the devastating news that Brynn had a serious heart condition. Within weeks, she declined to the point of entering heart failure and had to be placed on a Berlin Heart ventricular assist device.

Grulich family
From left: Kinley, David, Brynn, Kailee and Avery

Fortunately, the Grulichs received the greatest gift of all when Brynn had a successful heart transplant just a few weeks later. Her condition meant that they spent the entire holiday season and beyond at the hospital, but they were so grateful that Brynn recovered and was able to go home.

Today, thanks to her incredible team of doctors and caregivers, Brynn is thriving. This year, their family looks forward to spending the upcoming holiday season together, at home.

That is why we hope you will consider making a gift to UF Health today — to spread joy to those who need it most. The Grulichs witnessed firsthand how gifts can change a hospital stay, helping to fund things from critically needed equipment to the furniture we slept on to stay close to Brynn’s bedside. Please help UF Health spread joy this holiday season through your gift of hope.

Last year, in 2019, you helped us spread joy to over 225 patients. Thank you for your support this year!”