When Charles Prellwitz underwent a simultaneous kidney and heart transplant five years ago, he and his wife, Jeanette, saw an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients. Through their estate plans, the Palm Coast couple donated $1 million to support the Shands Samaritan Lodging Fund, which helps pay lodging expenses for hospitalized patients in medical crisis, along with loved ones who travel from outside the region.
“When Charles was hospitalized here, I quickly learned that finding a place to stay was a significant financial stress even though we had the means to pay for it,” Jeanette said. “There were so many others in a similar situation as us who had to stay in Gainesville long term while their loved one waited for a transplant. So many who, on their own, could not afford proper lodging.”
On March 3, the Shands Samaritan Lodging Committee honored Charles and Jeanette for their profound generosity. The committee meets regularly to raise awareness and funds for this crucial hospital need. If you are interested in supporting this cause, please call the UF Health Office of Development at 352-265-7280.