For the Kids, UF Health Shands Children's Hospital eNewsletter
February 2016

DM at FSU brings in $1.4 million!

Dance Marathon at Florida State University just completed their annual event over the weekend, raising more than $1.4 million for UF Health Shands Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Way to go! Next up, DM at UF hits the floor March 19-20.

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Ambassador Highlight: Meet Ava

Each month, we'll highlight one of our special Children's Miracle Network Ambassadors and tell their story. Learn more about the Ambassador program here.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Ava

Every five minutes, Jen Mason would pace back and forth from the hospital room to the hallway, breaking down and then gathering herself again. She didn’t know anything about cancer. The nurses pulled out a Velcro dummy to demonstrate how a port could save her 8-year-old daughter Ava’s life. It all seemed so surreal to her.

In October 2010, 8-year-old Ava Mason had unexplained swollen lymph nodes in her neck. Doctors treated her with Prednisone, an anti-leukemic medication that made her lymph nodes shrink. Her second visit had inconclusive results, and she was told she didn’t need a follow-up appointment. Ava’s lymph nodes continued to grow even larger, and Ava visited UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. 

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Isabella's journey

Izabella's journey

During Izabella’s stay at the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network assisted the family by making them feel at ease. Watch to learn more about Izabella’s journey.

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A New Hope for the kids

The Force is strong in the UF Health family. The children's hospital physicians and staff have it. The patients have it. You have it! Earlier this month, it was even stronger when a few special visitors stopped by the UF Health Congenital Heart Center.

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IHOP National Pancake Day March 8

IHOP Pancake Day March 8

You’re only a few short days from nabbing a free short stack for IHOP’s National Pancake Day. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, IHOP restaurants around the world will grease up the griddles to support local charities. Check here for locations and more information.

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Support Dance Marathon at UF with a gift card

Dance Marathon at UF is currently selling Gift Certificates & More cards. Each card is $10 and offers more than $40 in savings to some of Gainesville’s best eateries and businesses, including Texas Roadhouse, Adam's Rib Co., Piesanos and more.

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UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Wish List

We want to make the most of your donation efforts. Here is a list of year-round items that support our patients while in our care. Your contributions make a difference!

Read the entire wish list here.

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