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Ambassador Highlight: Meet Harper

Mar 27th, 2017

A little over three years ago, Harper Jean “Bean” Youmans made her entrance to the world. Six months after her birth, her mother noticed some alarming things.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Arden

Jan 26th, 2017

Arden was born prematurely at 32 weeks, becoming extremely ill at just 6 weeks old. Doctors in the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit discovered that her heart had grown to take up 75 percent of her chest cavity and was crushing her lungs.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet McKenna

Dec 20th, 2016

Just by looking at her, you would never know that McKenna was diagnosed — while still in utero — with multiple complex congenital heart defects.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Parker

Nov 9th, 2016

Fourteen years ago, Parker Fox couldn’t leave his home much of the time. He had numerous ear infections and several cases of pneumonia that kept him indoors.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Elyse

Oct 17th, 2016

When the 2-year-old Elyse didn’t get better after a virus, her pediatrician ordered routine blood work that showed that she was severely anemic.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Kirstyn

Sep 21st, 2016

Kirstyn was all smiles on her 12th birthday as she opened presents and ate cupcakes decorated like emojis. Life hasn’t always been smiles and happy emoticons for this brave girl.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Micha

Aug 11th, 2016

At 13 years old, Micha Wright became an unconventional jeweler. Her route to entrepreneurism and philanthropy began in 2000, when Micha was born three months early.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Kaedyn

Jul 18th, 2016

Kaedyn's health struggles haven't stopped him on the baseball field.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Nick

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Nick

Jun 17th, 2016

Nick Mullen was just 2 years old when he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick, making it harder for the heart to pump blood and causing abnormal heart rhythms.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Alyssa

May 16th, 2016

Born at only 26 weeks and weighing a tiny 1 pound and 4 ounces, Alyssa started fighting for her life right after her birth in the neonatal intensive care unit at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.