CMN’s First Festival of Trees Event a Success

This holiday season was filled with miracles! The first Festival of Trees event, hosted by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Dec. 4 through 6 and benefiting UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, was a great success. There were 28 event sponsors, 14 tree donors, many bidders, 14 tree winners, more than 100 VIP Preview Party attendees and over 600 community member visits throughout the weekend.

The event raised approximately $20,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital!

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Third Annual MIX 10.51 "Loves Our Kids" Radiothon a Hit!

From Dec. 15 to 17, MIX 10.51 hit the airwaves from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the atrium of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando for the third annual Mix 10.51 "Loves our Kids" Radiothon. Radio personalities like Scott McKenzie, Dana Taylor and Jay Edwards interviewed pediatric patients and hospital staff members who care for them, while asking listeners to call in pledges. A grand total of $138,133 was raised to support Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital! Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.

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Pinellas Gator Club Spreads Holiday Cheer

On Dec. 10, the Pinellas County Chapter of the UF Alumni Association hosted its holiday party benefiting UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Shelley Collins, MD, FAAP, assistant professor and chief of the division of pediatric hospital medicine, was the guest speaker at the event, which raised $600 worth of toys and $240 in cash and gift card donations. The Child Life program distributed the toys and gift cards to patients as part of its holiday gift program, which aims to help children hospitalized during the holidays feel comfortable knowing that “Santa Claus” visits UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, too.

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Tionna's Walk

Tionna Moore is a 9-year-old patient of UF Health Shands Children's Hospital who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on Oct. 1. Her mother, Shamani Moore, said Tionna is looking for a bone marrow donor but the process is strenuous. "[With] some people, they did find possible matches," she said. "Then it ended up once they got testing done, they were not a match."

William Slayton, MD, division chief of pediatric hematology and oncology, said that while Tionna's platelet count was high and her bones have suffered greatly, she has a good chance of survival with a bone marrow transplant.

Several media outlets have 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. Click here to watch WCJB TV-20's coverage.

If you or someone you know is interested in donating bone marrow, click here to learn more. For additional information on Tionna, visit her Facebook page.

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IHOP Miracle Balloon Campaign 2015

IHOP wants to help make miracles happen for kids being treated at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital, and they need your help!

When you dine at an IHOP between Feb. 1 and March 3, be sure to ask your server for a Miracle Balloon to donate to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. For as little as $1, you will help make a difference in the life of a child treated at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. If you donate $5, you will receive a coupon for $5 off your next visit.

Are you part of a company or organization that would like to donate as a group? IHOP has a $100 Miracle Balloon option that displays your balloon in your nearest IHOP restaurant as advertisement to every patron!

To find an IHOP location near you, click here.

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2015 Up, Up and Away FT5K and Mini K

Register today for Dance Marathon's superhero-themed "Up, Up and Away" FT5K and Mini K, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 8. Registration will start at 8 a.m., the FT5K will begin at 9 a.m., and the Mini K will begin at 10 a.m. Both races will kick off at the UF Commuter Lot on campus.

For the Kids 5K is an early morning race that takes participants through the UF campus. More than 900 students and community members register to enjoy the run and compete for prizes. Local radio station KISS 105.3 broadcasts live at the event, food donors contribute fruit and bagels, and students cheer at water stands every half mile to encourage participants. Police block off the roads and a professional timing system sponsors the race to ensure that accurate times and places of participants are kept.

For more information about this year's For The Kids 5K, please contact Jacqueline Papilsky at jpapilsky@floridadm.org.

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