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Helping Make Miracles Happen

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is the local, Children’s Miracle Network participating hospital for the Gainesville/North Central Florida, Tallahassee/South Georgia and West Palm Beach areas.

Children’s Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for and awareness of children’s hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network’s founding pledge, to keep all donations in the area in which they were raised, remains at the core of its philosophy. Throughout the year, fundraising events are conducted through a coalition of hospital employees, media partners, civic organizations and volunteers working together to ensure the health of kids in their community. Each year, different events in Gainesville, Ocala, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Orlando and South Georgia help raise money and awareness for the pediatric programs and work carried on at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Events such as radiothons, dance marathons, golf tournaments, art auctions, trail rides, and balloon campaigns helped raise money for the kids at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. In addition, funds are raised through partnerships with many national and local corporate sponsors.

Today, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, like all Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, is there 24 hours a day to help kids of every age and background to overcome all types of disease and injury.


The mission of the Children’s Miracle Network is to build awareness and raise funds for hospitalized children. The purpose of the organization is to help advance health care for children in our local community.

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Children’s Miracle Network Leadership Council

The Children’s Miracle Network Leadership Council is a network of leadership volunteers for Children’s Miracle Network at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.  Members provide leadership, community engagement and support for Children’s Miracle Network by creating awareness, building relationships and generating support.

Children’s Miracle Network thanks the following members for their commitment and dedication to our smallest patients and their families:

Mark Amox – Chair

Jerry Benton

Susanne Bullard

Taylor Chambers

Stan Given

Ed Jimenez

Jim Kelly

Mary Ann Kiely

Heather Mears

Kelly Pritchett

Scott Rivkees, M.D.

Rick Staab

Lynda Tealer

Nancy Wilcox

Todd Wilson