Buddy and Dave

Local Gaming Business Plays for Children

On an Autumn Saturday each year since 2008, tens of thousands of gamers have joined together to save the lives of local kids in a celebration of gaming culture we call Extra Life. From console games to tabletop role-playing games to even lawn sports, Extra Life gives those who love to play a chance to do something fun and challenging, all the while helping a good cause. This year on Nov. 2, gamers all across the world pledged to play 25 hours to help heal the children and families in their communities...  

Hannah at Home

Adopting Hannah

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and Prematurity Awareness Month. We asked Adam and Jennifer Bess, parents of a premature adopted baby, to share their touching story. Find out how they struggled to adopt and fatefully found their daughter, Hannah Rose.  

Our adoption journey started in 2011 with an international search from the country of Russia. After waiting nearly two years for a match, we (along with thousands of other adoptive families) heard the devastating news that Russia’s government passed a law to ban all Americans from adopting their orphans. Throughout the beginning of 2013, we struggled to begin a brand new adoption plan as we processed the heartbreak that accompanies adoption loss. Little did we know that through our toughest and most challenging days, Hannah Rose was preparing to make her surprise entrance into our lives...  

Noah 27 weeks

Meet NICU Nurse Jennifer Pearce

At the time, Jennifer Pearce had spent more than five years in the NICU at UF Health Shands caring for the tiny patients fighting for their lives, and encouraging parents dealing with an unthinkable struggle. Like every other parent in the unit, she never expected that one day she would spend time in the NICU caring for her own child—an experience that has helped her relate to parents and provide better care to her patients...  

Help Children's Miracle Network by Shopping!

Spread a little holiday cheer for a little less. Pay only 5.99% APR** when you shop with your CAMPUS Children’s Miracle Network Visa Platinum Card from Nov. 29 - Dec. 31. Don't have a CAMPUS CMN Visa Platinum Card? Apply today and receive $25 cash back when you make $250 in purchases on your card before Dec. 31!***

For more details, visit www.campuscu.com/holiday-card-promo/.

**Credit approval and initial $5 deposit required. APR= Annual Percentage Rate. These are costs associated with the use of this card. For specific information call 800-367-6440 or write us at P.O. Box 147029, Gainesville, FL 32614. Promotional rate only available on purchases made with a CAMPUS USA Credit Union Visa Card 11/29/2013 through 12/31/2013. Rate good on purchase balances acquired through the sale date until they are paid in full. Not available on balance transfers or case advances. ***Offer only available on new cards opened between 11/11/2013 and 12/31/2013. In order to receive $25 cash bonus, $250 in purchases must be made to the card on or before Dec. 31. $25 bonus will be received as a credit to your CAMPUS Visa Card Account.

Golf Tournament Raises Funds for PALS

This year’s 14th annual golf tournament benefiting PALS (Partners in Adolescent Lifestyle Support) was a tremendous success. As of 2005, the event has raised more than $355,000 to the program that provides peer support and therapeutic intervention to troubled students.

Presented by Bosshardt Realty, the Cadillac Invitational garnered more than 100s participants. The first through third-place winners of the golf scramble were awarded prizes like golf bags, rounds of golf and memberships to local gyms. Other contests included “Closest to the Pin” and a putting contest, where winners received golf travel bags and duffel bags.

Food was provided by Sonny’s, Gator Domino’s pizza and Zaxby’s. Thank you to Pepsi and Burkhardt Sales & Service for providing all of the beverages!

We were honored to feature students from the PALS Program at the event, and we are confident that we will exceed last year’s total amount raised for these students. Thank you to all who supported and participated!

Thanksgiving Feast

A Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

There are a number of dishes and sides that have become staples in Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey swimming in gravy, buttery mashed potatoes and hearty stuffing might look and taste delicious—but they are not exactly the healthiest recipes to feed your family. It’s important to make sure everyone at your table will have years and years of holidays to celebrate together. In keeping with these traditional favorites, try some healthier versions this year...  


 Are you wondering what donations are appropriate and needed at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital? Help us make the most of your donation efforts by following the guidelines mentioned in our Wish List. Your contributions make a difference!

No. 1 Wish List Items – GIFT CARDS

(WalMart and Sam’s Club)

The beauty of a gift card is that it can become a personalized gift for an individual person regardless of age. Your donated gift card can help us purchase toys and much needed diversionary items to benefit our patients all year long. In addition, Social Work Services will help us direct your donated gift card to a patient’s family dealing with the financial burden of miscellaneous household expenses (gas, bills, and groceries) during their child’s hospitalization...