Celebrity Waiter Night Raises $280,000 for the kids!

This year’s Celebrity Waiter Night, themed MTV Video Music Awards, was a huge success with $280,000 raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital! More than 100 UF Health employees volunteered to make the event a big hit among the 325 guests who attended. The evening featured performances from UF Health Shands employees, a silent auction, and heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages by Morrison Healthcare Food Services. Thank you to everyone who contributed to make Celebrity Waiter Night an unforgettable night for the kids!

To view the videos of this year's incredible performances, click here.

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May is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month

The Arts in Medicine campaign spotlights a young adult cancer survivor who relied on the arts to cope during her battle with cancer.

When Khandice Long was treated at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital for osteosarcoma, she was healed in more ways than one. Dealing with a difficult medical illness and the stressors that accompany it, Khandice used visual art, music and writing as a way to cope and rebuild...


Identifying Mental Health Issues

Considering the physical, mental and emotional changes children experience throughout their development, identifying mental health issues can be challenging. Even more concerning is the fact that these issues can present themselves in the form of symptoms like chest and back pain, digestive problems and changes in appetite and sleep patterns...

Honoring UF Health Shands Nurses On National Nurses Week

Honoring UF Health Shands Nurses On National Nurses Week

Patients and staff celebrate National Nurses Week, from May 6-12.

Nurses hold a special place in the hearts of their patients. Throughout a hospital stay, a patient sees his or her nurse more than any other staff member — and often develops a unique bond with them.

For 17-year-old Lexi Henderson, her nine-month stay at UF Health Shands Hospital helped forge one such bond with nurse Lindsay Rollison, ASN, RN. Lindsay became like a second mother to Lexi, providing her with comfort and friendship at times when Lexi’s family could not be by her side...

STOP! Children's Cancer Supports UF Pediatrics Division of Hematology Oncology

During its annual luncheon held May 2, the board members for STOP! Children’s Cancer of Palm Beach County, Inc. awarded William Slayton, M.D., division chief and program director for pediatric hematology oncology at UF Health Shands Hospital, with $30,000.

The award benefits the STOP! Children’s Cancer of Palm Beach County endowment at the University of Florida, which supports the division of hematology oncology in the department of pediatrics at the College of Medicine. The endowment, totaling more than $1.9 million, generates funds to support research fellows in their search for new drug therapies, treatments and ultimately cures for various pediatric cancers.

May is for Miracles

This May, you can be a part of making miracles happen for UF Health Shands Children's Hospital children! The following retail outlets are raising funds through Miracle Balloon sales at registers:

Walmart, Sam's Club: May 1 – June 11
Chico’s, White House/Black Market: May 1 – July 5
Publix: May 22 – June 13

How far does $1 go? Watch this video to see how many balloons it takes to help sick and injured children.

Children's Miracle Network Recognizes Residence Inn

Children’s Miracle Network has recognized the Marriot Residence Inn Gainesville I-75 for being the top fundraiser per room by brand in 2013. In 1983, Marriott became Children’s Miracle Network’s first corporate sponsor and has contributed nearly $90 million since that time.