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More than $3.8 million raised for CMN Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is proud to announce that with the close of the 2015 dance marathon season, more than $3.8 million was raised for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital! This 44 percent increase over last year would not be possible without the dedication and hard work from our five university programs and 20+ high school programs across the state. Three of our university programs now rank in the top 10 fundraising programs nationally for CMN Hospitals Dance Marathons — the University of Florida at No. 2 with $2 million, Florida State University at No. 5 with $1.1 million and the University of Central Florida at No. 7 with $688,000. In addition, Florida Atlantic University saw a 1,002 percent increase in fundraising, setting a new school record with more than $66,000 raised during its second annual event. Our friends at Valdosta State University wrapped up the 2015 dance marathon year with more than $8,000 raised in “part 1” of their dance marathon — a mini version of the “part 2” event, which will be held in October.

With such an incredible year of record-breaking totals, this brings the cumulative fundraising from UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital dance marathons to more than $18.5 million over the past 21 years — that’s a lot of miracles! Thank you to everyone who has supported our dance marathon students in their efforts over the years. Together, we can make a difference.

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May is for Miracles

Every minute, 62 kids enter a Children's Miracle Network Hospital for treatment. Our 170 hospitals rely on your support to provide the absolute best in care for these patients. Your gift funds the latest in research, training and equipment — all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many kids as possible.

This May, you can be a part of making miracles happen for UF Health Shands Children's Hospital children! The following retail outlets are raising funds through Miracle Balloon sales at registers:

Walmart, Sam's Club: May 1 – June 11
Chico’s, White House/Black Market: May 1 – June 30
Publix: May 22 – June 13

How far does $1 go? Watch this video to see how many balloons it takes to help sick and injured children.

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30th Annual Celebrity Waiter Night

Participants of the 30th annual Celebrity Waiter Night brought hope and miracles to the pediatric patients at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. More than $279,000 was raised at the entertaining event, themed “Year of the Champion,” where guests and participants enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while watching live performances. Children’s Miracle Network ambassador families also took the stage to share their inspiring journeys of childhood illness.

Celebrity Waiter Night is one of the most entertaining and fun-filled annual events benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. With more than 8,500 children treated last year, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is a leading referral system for kids in the state of Florida and throughout the Southeast. Private support enables us to further advancements in research, invest in lifesaving medical equipment and provide a wide range of services that might not otherwise be possible.

To view photos from the event, click here.

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Tionna's Walk

We are excited to share that Tionna Moore was matched with a bone marrow donor and received her transplant on May 15! Last year, Tionna,10, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a form of cancer where the bone marrow produces a large number of abnormal white blood cells that struggle to fight off infection. Tionna would need a bone marrow transplant to survive.

In December, Tionna’s family and UF Health Shands Hospital officials joined together to use the young girl's story as a way to generate attention for the need for more bone marrow donors. Several media outlets featured Tionna's story, highlighting her positive outlook while bringing attention to her care at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, the bone marrow drive and her family’s fundraising efforts.

To read more about Tionna's story, click here.

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