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

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Willa

If you have a chance to talk to 10-year-old Willa Ambrosius, she will tell you a lot about herself. One, she wants to be a veterinarian and save all animals. Two, her favorite activities are singing in the school chorus, playing with her pets and playing ‘Let’s Dance’ on the Nintendo Wii. Three, she was diagnosed with Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis when she was 18 months old, and arthritis is not just an “old people” disease. 

Read her story.

Dance Marathon at UF raises $3M+

Thousands of UF students gathered For the Kids at Dance Marathon at the University of Florida on March 24 and 25. Their passionate efforts raised a historic $3,026,420.19! Our pediatric patients and their families feel the impact of DM support every day. Thank you to each person who contributed to this year’s event.

What do my CMN dollars do?

When you donate to CMN Hospitals to support UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, your dollars make a big difference. They support important programs like Child Life and Arts in Medicine, provide seed money for research projects and purchase critically important equipment. This month, we are featuring some of the equipment that was purchased for Pediatric Units 44 and 45.

Learn more here.

Have you registered a flag football team for Gridiron?

Join the second annual UF Health Celebrity Gridiron Challenge for a flag-football tournament to benefit CMN Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

Register your team today.

Don't miss Fishing for Kids!

Registration is now open for the Fishing for Kids 14th Annual Saltwater Trout Tournament on Saturday, April 28. Held in Steinhatchee, Fla., this family friendly fishing tournament benefits UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

Learn more and register today.


Get more from your local CMN Hospital

You can get an inside look at the stories and people who make UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital such a special place.

CMN at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Blog

Here you’ll find hospital highlights and feature stories, like our #MiraclesInMotion series.

UF Health Giving Facebook Page

On Facebook? Follow our page for the latest updates from our CMN program and other UF Health giving initiatives.

Join our CMN Hospitals Ambassador program

The CMN Hospitals Ambassador program at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital provides a platform to help families share their incredible stories, helping to further its mission of building awareness and increasing funds for hospitalized children in our community. Complete the form and we will be happy to help you!

Upcoming Campaigns and Events

April 7 | OwlThon at Florida Atlantic University:

April 19 | CMN Corporate Partners Meeting: More information to come!

April 21 | UF Health Celebrity Gridiron Challenge:

April 28 | Fishing for Kids 14th Annual Saltwater Trout Tournament:

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Wish List

We want to make the most of your donation efforts. View a list of year-round items that support our pediatric patients while in our care.