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Ambassador Highlight: Meet Kinsey

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Kinsey

Oct 12th, 2017

For the first seven months of her life, Kinsey was a perfectly normal baby. When her arms and legs suddenly began to swell, her parents learned that Kinsey was in kidney failure.

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Ambassador Highlight: Meet Evangeline

Aug 31st, 2017

When Evangeline Owens was only 5 days old, she woke up with a low body temperature and in her mother’s arms.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Jack

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Jack

Jul 25th, 2017

Most sixth graders’ biggest worry is what’s for dinner, or how to convince parents to buy the latest video game. When Jack Murray was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, at 11 years old, he and his family were focused on something much more important.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Emily and Elie

Jun 22nd, 2017

A hospital stay is not something a family wants to experience—let alone with multiple family members.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Cat

May 25th, 2017

Twelve years ago on Cat Chennell's 4th birthday, she was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension. Doctors told her family that she would probably not live to see her 5th birthday.

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.