For the Kids, UF Health Shands Children's Hospital eNewsletter

January 2017

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Arden

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Arden

Arden Thornbury is a miracle in all definitions of the word.

She 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.




Mark your calendar, get set, hike!

Please join us for the inaugural Celebrity Gridiron Challenge on Sunday, April 9 at the Diamond Sports Complex (24880 NW 16th Ave., Newberry, FL 32669).

This two-day event will feature:

• Flag football gridiron challenge

• VIP Celebration

• Family friendly tailgate with food trucks

• Celebrity appearances and autographs

• Free admission for spectators

Sponsorship and team opportunities available!

All funds raised will support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. So get out your jersey, lace up those cleats, field a team and let’s score some points for the kids! Get more information at



IHOP Miracle Balloon Campaign kicks off Feb. 1

Consider this a delicious fair warning: The annual IHOP Miracle Balloon Campaign starts next month at IHOP restaurants, culminating in the always-popular National Pancake Day on March 7.

If you’d like to make a difference for kids while munching on pancakes, visit any area IHOP restaurant and purchase a balloon icon for $1. Even better, purchase one for $5 and receive a $5 coupon off your next meal! Proceeds and donations from these local IHOP restaurants are supporting UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.



Events and Campaigns Calendar


Feb. 1-March 7

IHOP CMN Balloon Icon CampaignTake part in one of the largest balloon icon campaigns in the country this February. Every donation benefits your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Here is a list of IHOP restaurants supporting UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.


Feb. 17

2nd Annual Daddy Daughter Dance | Hosted by 98.5 KTK and presented by Cloud 9 Spa and Salon, Grins & Giggles Pediatric Dentistry and Thornebrook Chocolates, save the date for an unforgettable night of magic for dads and daughters at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville. A limited number of tickets are available, so don’t miss out! Click here to purchase. (P.S.: everyone is welcome — moms and sons, too!)


Feb. 24-26

FSU Dance Marathon | The yearlong fundraising effort culminates into a 40-hour event where more than 1,800 students stay awake and on their feet to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 


March 7

IHOP National Pancake Day | Last year, IHOP raised more than $3.9 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals — the most successful National Pancake Day ever! Yum!


March 25-26

Dance Marathon at UF | Now older than most of its participants, the 22nd annual DM at UF was the most successful student-run philanthropy in the southeastern United States. Join the movement as they work to make bigger and better miracles for the kids!


April 8

OwlThon at FAU | As the fastest-growing Dance Marathon program in the country, OwlThon is proud to hold its fourth annual event this spring. Get involved in the movement!


April 9

UF Health Celebrity Gridiron Challenge | We are pleased to announce our inaugural Celebrity Gridiron Challenge benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. This two-day event will feature a flag football tournament with celebrity appearances and a VIP celebration.



Planned gifts can leave a legacy

There are many options for making a charitable gift to support UF Health that won’t leave you worried about your financial security. We want to help you discover how gift planning can benefit you.

Planned gifts in support of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital provide hope for the young patients in our care and their families, and ensure that your legacy continues in perpetuity by helping others who experience the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

Find out more by visiting, or give our office a call at 352-265-7237.


UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Wish List

We want to make the most of your donation efforts. Here is a list of year-round items that support our patients while in our care. Your contributions make a difference!

Read the wish list.