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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.

Sheila and Doug Kirk at last year's

Funding hope: Parkinson’s patient on the road again

Apr 28th, 2016

When he was 38 years old, Doug Kirk remembers how things like brushing his teeth or raising his left arm became difficult. He wasn’t able to sleep. Even sitting for extended periods of time proved painful. But this summer, he and his wife Sheila will cycle for more than 450 miles along the scenic southern hills of Iowa.


Ambassador Highlight: Meet Reilly

Apr 28th, 2016

By the time Reilly was 6 months old, he had undergone two open-heart surgeries to repair his congenital heart defect.


Ambassador Highlight: Meet Tori

Mar 24th, 2016

Two summers ago, Tori Boyton’s mom, Kimberly, noticed a mark on Tori’s head that grew from a small, red spot into a larger bump

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Ambassador Highlight: Meet Ava

Feb 29th, 2016

In October 2010, 8-year-old Ava Mason had unexplained swollen lymph nodes in her neck. Despite initial treatment, Ava’s lymph nodes continued to grow even larger.

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Ambassador Highlight: Meet Danny

Jan 28th, 2016

Born in the Bahamas, Danny was diagnosed with dysplastic kidneys, a kidney malformation that happened during fetal development. When doctors told his mom Dominique his diagnosis, they said they could do no more than make Danny comfortable with what they had.

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Ambassador Highlight: Meet Izabella

Dec 14th, 2015

At 14 months old, Izabella is one of the youngest patients in the U.S. to receive a heart-lung transplant.

Meet Ambassador Child Grayson Irwin

Meet Ambassador Child Grayson Irwin

Oct 10th, 2014

Grayson Irwin was a happy, content baby who loved to laugh and rarely cried. It wasn’t until he turned 11 months that he started exhibiting viral symptoms similar to those […]

May is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month

May 28th, 2014

The Arts in Medicine campaign spotlights a young adult cancer survivor who relied on the arts to cope during her battle with cancer. When Khandice Long was treated at UF […]

Nurses Week

Honoring UF Health Shands Nurses On National Nurses Week

May 1st, 2014

Patients and staff celebrate National Nurses Week, from May 6-12.