Red Coats Grant fuels rides for patients

Patient TransportTHE PLAYERS Championship is one of Jacksonville’s premier events. It features the PGA Tour’s top talent in a high-stakes golf tournament, not only for the competition in the field but also for the challenging course at TPC Sawgrass including the famed Island Green on the 17th hole. It attracts avid golf fans and casual spectators alike from the local community and beyond.

Each year, THE PLAYERS gives back to the community through charitable donations. A portion of sales, including event tickets and sponsorships, is distributed via a program called Red Coat Grants. The grants program is named for the distinctive red jackets worn by the volunteer chairmen of the current and past tournaments who are called Red Coats. Thanks to the efforts of the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute’s friend and supporter Hugh Dunn, we prepared and submitted a successful grant request to help fund our patient transportation program.

Our driver, Mitch Kubaki, and van transports 25-30 patients and their families to and from treatment each day, traveling approximately 650 miles each week. The fuel costs alone average $100 per week, and the Red Coat Grant will help defray this expense.

“We are grateful to THE PLAYERS and the Red Coats for this generous grant,” said Stuart Klein, executive director of the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. “The transportation program eases the burden for many of our patients and their families. Having access to a free, safe and comfortable ride for doctor appointments, errands and group outings is one less worry.”

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The Precision Newsletter is an electronic-only publication that is distributed by email. Each issue is sent monthly to patients, alumni patients and friends of the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute. As the official newsletter of the Institute, the content is compiled and prepared by our communications representative and approved by the editor Stuart Klein, executive director of UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Special bulletin newsletters may occasionally be prepared when timely topics and new developments in proton therapy occur. If you would like to send a Letter to the Editor, please click here.


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