Ambassador Highlight: Meet Amelia

Published: June 25th, 2019

Category: CMN Ambassador Stories, For the Kids, Patient Stories

CMN Hospitals ambassador Amelia King

Walking the streets filled with magic at Walt Disney World, lying outside for hours during the day and enjoying playdates at Gigi’s Playhouse, 4-year-old Amelia King was always on the go. That changed this past May when the Pre-K bundle of energy was diagnosed with B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

This blood cancer can be found in bone marrow and blood and causes a higher chance of infections.

Amelia has spent the last seven months in and out of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital for treatment. Due to Amelia having Down syndrome and leukemia, the procedure for this family is a bit different than others. Treatment for Amelia includes an oral infusion and injected chemo.

Parents, CJ and Angela Massa-King, stay positive with love and support from the people around them.

“We often focus on the negative things that go on, but this has shown us that there are still amazing people out there,” Angela said. “People who go out of their way to put a smile on Amelia’s face.”

Living forty minutes away from the children’s hospital, Amelia and her parents are grateful for the employees looking over their 4-year old.

According to Amelia’s parents, the entire team of UF Health physicians and care providers has been amazing. Bill Slayton, M.D., chief of pediatric hematology and oncology, and Tung Wynn, M.D., pediatric hematology and oncology physician, were two individuals who went out of their way to help Amelia.

“Being stuck in a hospital is not easy with an active 4-year-old,” Angela said. “The medical team work so hard to provide for our kids here. With toys, movies, games, just playing with them to make the stay here easier.”


Interested in learning more about our CMN Ambassador Program? Visit giving.UFHealth.org/ambassadors.


Sign up to receive stories like these in your inbox. Subscribe to “For the Kids” below!


The latest from For the Kids

December 5-7: Join us for the inaugural Tree Jubilee

December 5-7: Join us for the inaugural Tree Jubilee

Dec 2nd, 2019

Tallahassee's Tree Jubilee at Bannerman Crossings is a three-day event that includes a variety of activities for all ages and interests while supporting a great cause!

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Isaiah

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Isaiah

Dec 2nd, 2019

Immediately after his birth, Isaiah Richardson was struggling to breathe. He was rushed to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital for treatment and testing. Once here, hospital physicians determined he had […]

Where does my CMN gift go? | December 2019

Where does my CMN gift go? | December 2019

Dec 2nd, 2019

Your support helps us fund vital patient equipment year-round.