Can you share some examples of ways people are giving back?
We have so many examples. The recent $20 million gift in the new year from the Lauren and Lee Fixel Family Foundation will establish the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health. Their gift in honor of Lee’s father, Norman Fixel, will create amazing momentum for decades to come to fuel discoveries and new approaches for patients and families facing Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Lewy body, ALS, dystonia and concussions.
Also this spring, Harris Rosen and The Harris Rosen Foundation gifted UF $12 million toward innovation in brain tumor immunotherapy research and care here at UF Health. It’s part of a $100 million commitment in fundraising to support the UF-led ReMission Alliance Against Brain Tumors. This will spark international collaboration in research and clinical trials. Harris Rosen’s son, Adam, was cared for at UF Health for brain cancer. These families had a positive experience. They know first-hand how committed you are to improving lives and helping others. They want to invest in the types of activities we are doing here to literally move medicine forward in new and exciting ways. We are at the forefront of medicine in so many areas because of these generous gifts.