Mike and Leslie Notaro moved to Florida from Chicago shortly before Mike was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. There’s no cure for it. They consulted with their pulmonologist, who told them that Mike’s only option was a lung transplant and recommended UF Health. That’s where they decided they wanted to go.
Because of Leslie’s remarkable generosity, UF Health researchers and physicians are able to expand the lung transplant program through the use of leading-edge technology: ex vivo lung perfusion. This highly advanced process allows donor lungs to be preserved and monitored until ready for a recipient, helping to lessen the “dry runs” for other lung transplant patients and expand the pool of available organs.
Planned gifts such as Leslie’s can have extraordinary impact on patient care, discovery and training at UF Health. Leslie honored her husband’s legacy, and others can hope to enjoy the same breath of fresh air thanks to their generosity.
Reach out to the UF Health Office of Development at 352-265-7237, or the UF Office of Gift Planning at 352-392-5512.