Celebrating #ChildrensHospitalsWeek March 5-11

Published: March 7th, 2018

Category: Announcements, For the Kids

CMN Hospitals Children's Hospitals Week 2018 yellow bandage logoTo shine a light on the importance of children’s hospitals and how donations help kids get the best care when they need it, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is pleased to participate in the the second annual #ChildrensHospitalsWeek, scheduled for March 5-11. UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is one of 170 member Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) across North America participating in the week-long initiative. The following activities encourage support for children’s hospitals, March 5-11:

  • Tune in to a Facebook Live-athon Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. (EST): The exciting, live event will feature appearances by various celebrities, inspiring kids who represent the 10 million kids treated annually at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Catch the action at Facebook.com/CMNHospitals. Make sure to watch from 7:30-8 to catch our own Nate Ferrell!
  • Participate in the #ChildrensHospitalsWeek bandage campaign on social media: Sport a bandage and write on it the name of a child who has benefitted from a children’s hospital, take a photo and share it with #ChildrensHospitalsWeek.
  • Join the Twitch stream for Extra Life United from Thursday, March 8 – Saturday, March 10: Charity gamers from all over the world join together at Extra Life United to learn how to make a big impact on children’s hospitals through gaming. Participants attend panels and workshops and game in a tournament to unlock donations for local CMN Hospitals. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch. The Extra Life program has raised more than $40 million for CMN Hospitals since 2008.

Izabella Neira is pictured in the Sebastian Ferrero Atrium at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.Izabella Neira, age 6, was selected to serve as the 2018 local champion representing UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. She was treated born with a rare surfactant deficiency and was one of the youngest patients to receive a heart and lungs transplant.

“With the second annual #ChildrensHospitalsWeek in 2018, we’re taking the opportunity to honor not only our Champions and partners, but also the hundreds of children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada who impact the lives of millions of children annually,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We’re reminded daily of the fact that contributions of all sizes add up to provide critical funding for pediatric medical equipment, services, research and charitable care, and that community donations are vital for local kids in need.”