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2022 Patient Honoree: Raqeem Bacon

UF Health TraumaOne team saves the life of a boy who was hit by a car while riding his bike. Watch the full story about Raqeem Bacon’s recovery and the lifesaving efforts from UF Health Jacksonville surgeons.


UF Health TraumaOne team saves the life of a boy who was hit by a car while riding his bike. Watch the full story about Raqeem Bacon’s recovery and the lifesaving efforts from UF Health Jacksonville surgeons.

2021 Patient Honoree: Jordan McClinton

UF Health TraumaOne saves Jordan’s life after a severe spinal cord injury. Watch the story about Jordan's recovery and the lifesaving efforts from UF Health Jacksonville surgeons.


UF Health TraumaOne saves a young patient’s life after a severe spinal cord injury.

2021 Patient Honorees: Brandon Taylor and Dr. Luis Rios Jr.

Brandon Taylor and Dr. Luis Rios were the patient honorees at the 2020 A Night for Heroes gala, an annual event that benefits UF Health TraumaOne, the region’s only adult and pediatric Level I trauma center. Both lives were saved due to the quality care from the TraumaOne team and through ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation).


Brandon Taylor and Dr. Luis Rios were the patient honorees at the 2020 A Night for Heroes gala, an annual event that benefits UF Health TraumaOne, the region’s only adult and pediatric Level I trauma center. Both lives were saved due to the quality care from the TraumaOne team and through ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation).

2019 Patient Honoree: Chris Hemmen

Thumbs up for Chris! UF Health TraumaOne and an outpouring of community support heal a Jacksonville-area teen with a traumatic brain injury.


Chris Hemmen was the patient honoree at the 2019 A Night for Heroes gala, an annual event that benefits UF Health TraumaOne, the region’s only adult and pediatric Level I trauma center.

2018 Patient Honoree: Robert Ayer

What was supposed to be a short drive to work on June 24, 2016, became a medical and trauma emergency for Robert Ayer. The 53-year-old Air Force veteran was driving on Interstate 295 when he had a stroke. Robert crashed his car into the median, coming to rest on an embankment. Fortunately, he didn’t hit anyone else in the collision, but his injuries were life-threatening. Paramedics rushed him to UF Health Jacksonville, where the TraumaOne team not only saved his life, but also got him on the road to recovery.


What was supposed to be a short drive to work on June 24, 2016, became a medical and trauma emergency for Robert Ayer. The 53-year-old Air Force veteran was driving on Interstate 295 when he had a stroke. Robert crashed his car into the median, coming to rest on an embankment. Fortunately, he didn’t hit anyone else in the collision, but his injuries were life-threatening. Paramedics rushed him to UF Health Jacksonville, where the TraumaOne team not only saved his life, but also got him on the road to recovery.

2017 Patient Honoree: Brian Lynn

Trauma patient Brian Lynn credits UF Health TraumaOne with his survival after a fall left him fighting for his life.


A Night for Heroes is an annual black-tie gala honoring the men and women of our community who care for trauma victims and provide support for victims' families. These "heroes" include UF Health physicians, nurses and technicians, TraumaOne flight crew, fire and rescue, police, rehabilitation specialists and many others. Proceeds from the event benefit UF Health TraumaOne.

2016 Patient Honoree: Mark Taylor

Trauma patient Mark Taylor continues to progress following lifesaving care at UF Health Jacksonville.


Mark Taylor was the patient honoree at the 2016 A Night for Heroes gala, an annual event that benefits UF Health TraumaOne. 

Mark was critically injured in an auto accident in 2014 and ultimately had his right leg amputated. But thanks to the love and support of loved ones and the superb care at UF Health Jacksonville, Mark is walking again with regained strength and enthusiasm.