The gift that will keep on giving

The gift that will keep on giving
Daily’s CEO and President Aubrey Edge with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Dr. Larry Moss, CEO and president of Nemours Children’s Health System, and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry

The Daily’s Foundation celebrated its partnership with Nemours Children’s Specialty Care Jacksonville by bestowing a $5 million gift to the San Marco children’s clinic Dec. 9. 

The transformational gift came in the form of The Daily’s Foundation Pavilion and is the largest ever received by Nemours Children’s Health System in Jacksonville. It will provide funding to help the clinic achieve its vision to create healthy future generations of children nationally and internationally. Specifically, it will support the enhancement of facilities in Jacksonville as well as to fuel innovations to improve care across the health system with a special focus on Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. To commemorate the gift, The Daily’s Foundation Pavilion neon sign will be installed on the building facing I-95.

Speaking at the dedication ceremony, which took place under a tent near the riverfront that stretches behind Nemours’ facility, were Dr. R. Lawrence “Larry” Moss, president and CEO of Nemours Children’s Health System, Governor Ron DeSantis, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, Aubrey Edge, president and CEO of Daily’s, and Katie Musselwhite, mother of Caleb Musselwhite. Katie Musselwhite shared the story of how her young son, who serves as a child ambassador for the clinic, has thrived under Nemours care. Also attending the event were District 5 City Councilwoman LeAnna Cumber and At-Large Group 2 Councilman Ron Salem.

“We’re really happy about this opportunity to make a transformational gift to this hospital and its leadership. They are such great stewards of everything, and they take such great care of kids,” said Edge, an Avondale resident. “What permeates the most at Nemours is how individualized the attention and care is. You have world renowned surgeons and physicians working with children. Dr. Larry Moss is so dedicated to improving children’s health. We are proud to be a part of it.”

The large donation was “more than just a one-time gift,” Edge continued. “It’s a long-term commitment and partnership with Dr. Moss and Nemours to improve children’s health.”

In November, The Daily’s Foundation also raised $350,000 for Nemours as part of its golf tournament and dinner at Sea Island, Georgia. That money will also go toward hematology/oncology at the San Marco Clinic. Musselwhite and her son also attended that event and shared the same story of how Caleb was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was 18 months old and was later paralyzed, but now at age 4 is able to play soccer thanks to the fine care of a team of Nemours doctors.

Edge said Daily’s fundraising for Nemours will continue on an annual basis at his store locations. “In fact, there is one [a fundraiser] going on right now,” he said. “At the stores, we have some real stories of children whose lives have been impacted, and you can scan a QR code and give to your heart’s content. This is our hometown, and at the end of the day, it’s our way to give back to Jacksonville and to say thank you to all our customers who have enabled this.”

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