Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Giving Back Franklin Danley; Happy to Give Back after His Daughter's Recovery

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Giving Back Franklin Danley; Happy to Give Back after His Daughter's Recovery

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Byline: Nancy Winckler-Zuniga

When people volunteer, they can change lives - including their own. Each week in Reason, we will highlight a volunteer's story of giving back and how that selfless act was a true revelation. The volunteer project is a collaboration among the Times-Union, the University of North Florida, the United Way of Northeast Florida and HandsOn Jacksonville.

Sometimes a life event can change your perspective.

That's what happened for Franklin Danley, city president of Regions Bank when he and his wife Leigh Ann found themselves sitting in Children's Hospital of Alabama with their then-7-year-old daughter, who was dealing with a kidney issue.

"I remember being in the hospital room and it dawned on me that we were now receiving care from a United Way-supported organization."

Danley began supporting the United Way in 1997 and up until this time, had thought of the United Way as primarily helping people who were "down on their luck." It never occurred to him that he and his family would one day receive care indirectly from the United Way.

"While I was very familiar with the great work being done by the United Way, I had never envisioned myself as needing their help," he said.

Danley previously contributed time and resources to the organization, but his commitment was reinforced during the time spent at Children's Hospital when he realized the United Way supported an organization that helped his daughter recover and go on to live a healthy life.

Now, he makes it a point to talk with business leaders about the important role United Way plays in the community, not only by implementing key education, income and health strategies, but by also supporting 56 local nonprofit organizations.

"I have served on four United Way campaign cabinets and take every opportunity to tell my story to others. …

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