Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is changing the lives of children with cancer by funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer. ALSF has funded nearly 1,000 cutting-edge research projects at 135 institutions in the U.S. and Canada and supported families through much needed programs like “Travel For Care,” that helps make cutting-edge treatments accessible to children.
The mission of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) — an international non-profit organization with a local chapter in Gainesville — is to unite fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice and equality to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.
Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Foundation
A developer in Florida and New York, Mangurian owned the NBA’s Boston Celtics and was a longtime horse racing leader with a farm in Ocala. Although he and his wife, Dorothy, passed away, his foundation supports reserach at UF Health, investing in studies of leukemia and Lewy body dementia.
Jamie Chapin Foundation
The Jamie Chapin Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization devoted to raising brain cancer awareness, supporting research and helping families battling the disease. The foundation hosts an annual golf fundraiser in memory of Chapin, a former Gators lacrosse team captain who fought a battle against brain cancer.
Lauren and Lee Fixel Family Foundation
While Lee Fixel is best known for his success with technology start-up investments, he and his wife, Lauren, are also generous philanthropists. A gift from their foundation established the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health, an institute focused on advancing research, technological innovation and clinical care for Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Lillian S. Wells Foundation
Barbara Wells is renowned for her dedication to improving lives through the arts, health care, human services and education. A generous gift from the Lillian S. Wells Foundation, led to UF’s Department of Neurosurgery being named for her grandmother, Lillian. This infusion and her other gifts catapulted the capabilities and stature of that team’s research and treatment enterprise.
The Art of Medicine Foundation was founded by Ken LaRoe and his wife Cindy LaRoe, MD. after Cindy sustained a brain injury in a competitive biking accident in 2011. The injury prevented her temporarily from being able to move her legs or read and caused her to have seizures. It also led her down a path of discovering her artistic talents. LaRoe found painting therapeutic during her recovery, and hopes her talent can raise awareness and money for others with brain injuries.
Headquartered in Gainesville, the Facial Pain Research Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports scientists worldwide to research and work on innovative ideas and approaches to find a cure for trigeminal neuralgia and other neuropathic facial pain.
The Harris Rosen Foundation
Harris Rosen is heralded for his investments in underserved communities. His efforts transform lives by expanding opportunities for families in two of Orlando’s struggling neighborhoods. A generous gift from his foundation served as the cornerstone to launch and support the ReMission Alliance Against Brain Tumors, a collaborative initiative led by UF that will unite world-leading neuro-oncology physicians and scientists in dynamic research and clinical trials.