Our generous donors serve as catalysts for improvement and help Baptist Health's entities continue to make monumental strides, advancing our mission and the way in which we deliver high-quality and compassionate healthcare to those we serve.
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is the largest energy company in the United States, as measured by retail electricity produced and sold, serving more than five million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million+ people across the state of Florida. Beyond serving as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities, FPL is passionate about making a positive impact through philanthropy. A $1 million donation from the organization is benefiting Miami Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Radiation Oncology Program, which is also assisted by the Live Like Bella® Childhood Cancer Foundation. FPL is playing an essential role in helping maintain proton therapy, which reduces damage to the body caused from radiation. People with cancer who receive radiation treatment, especially children, are at risk for permanent damage to their healthy organs. Thanks to FPL, their generosity will ensure that more children will have access to receiving proton therapy, decreasing their chances of unnecessary tissue damage, which can result in major stunting and lifelong side effects. Both FPL and Baptist Health share a common goal – pursuing excellence through continuous improvement and constantly striving to seek out new technology to improve the service we provide to our community.
Rosario Rico-Toro Korn
Rosario Rico-Toro Korn became involved with Baptist Health after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Upon her mother’s diagnosis, Rosario brought her mother from Bolivia to seek treatment at Miami Cancer Institute. After receiving treatment from the Institute, her mother is now proudly cancer-free and Rosario has shown her appreciation for the care given to her mother through philanthropy. After discussions with Gouindarajan Narayanan, M.D., chief of interventional oncology at Miami Cancer Institute and interventional radiologist at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Rosario took the initiative and made a $100,000 gift in support of a new CT scan, which will help guide physicians during laparoscopic procedures. By being the first to make a donation in support of a new CT Scan, Rosario is leading the way for others to contribute and showing us all the importance of giving back. With a new CT Scan, which will be entirely funded by donations, physicians will have the opportunity to treat cancer via image guided, minimally invasive procedures.
Liana & Carlos de Mena
Shortly after Liana and Carlos de Mena celebrated their first wedding anniversary, they received exciting news – they were expecting a baby. The soon to be parents’ world shifted when their eldest son, Carlos Ray, was born at 25 weeks, weighing only 2 lbs. 1 oz. Their son spent three months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Baptist Hospital of Miami, and they sat at his bedside each and every day. Today, Carlos Ray is nine years old and is stronger than ever. Liana and Carlos are eternally grateful for the ways Baptist Health cares for families like theirs and to express their gratitude, they donated $60,000 to the NICU at Baptist Hospital in honor of their son. By supporting the NICU, Liana and Carlos are helping to increase the quality of care provided by the unit so that other families can experience watching their children grow up in the same way they have watched Carlos Ray.
Mike and Lindsay Leonard, Jim Rifkin and Jane Packard
6855 Red Road Coral Gables, FL 33143