UF Health Shands Childrens Hospital Johnny Townsend Fund
Florida Gators Football punter Johnny Townsend has founded The Johnny Townsend Fund benefiting the greatest needs in the pediatric oncology infusion clinic. He shared the inspiration behind his generosity:
Throughout my career as a student-athlete at UF, I have had many opportunities to interact and form bonds with pediatric cancer patients at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. I have always looked for ways to use my platform as a student-athlete to benefit and brighten to the day of patients, their friends and their families.
Having the opportunity to give back to UF Health to benefit the patients means a lot to me personally. My grandfather Carl was a cancer survivor and spent time at UF Health during his treatment. Knowing firsthand the impact cancer can have on the patients, friends and families dealing with it, I had no trouble finding motivation to give back. — Johnny Townsend