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

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Luke

Before leukemia, 3-year-old Luke Lambert was a 'care-free and fun wild child' who loved to play with the students at the school where his parents taught. “He was like a little school mascot,” said Luke’s mother, Lauren.

Read more of Luke's story.

Today is Miracle Treat Day!

On Miracle Treat Day, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold will be donated from participating Dairy Queen® locations in the Gainesville, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach areas to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

DM at UF, FSU programs recognized nationally

Earlier this month, Dance Marathon at the University of Florida and Dance Marathon at Florida State University were honored with three awards at the Miracle Network Dance Marathon Leadership Conference. Only 20 awards are given out at the annual conference that brings together student leaders from across dozens of university campuses.

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. The pediatric cath lab will soon be home to a new Sonosite Ultrasound System. At $46,899.50, this necessary equipment could not be purchased without your support of CMN Hospitals.

Welcome to the team!

Join us in welcoming our newest CMN Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital team members: Bailey Boulter, Niki Little and Mary Garland.

Bailey Boulter joined the CMN Hospitals team as the development coordinator for the greater Gainesville area. Bailey is a graduate of UF, served as a student leader for Dance Marathon at UF and most recently was a communications and events intern for the Sea Turtle Conservancy.

Niki Little is a recent graduate of Florida State University, earning a degree in both Digital Media Production and Theatre. During her college career, her passion for philanthropy grew through her extensive work with Dance Marathon at FSU and prompted her to develop an entirely new career path. Originally from Orlando, Niki is excited to take on her position in West Palm Beach.

Beginning August 6, Mary Garland will join our team as the Director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She comes to UF Health after almost 10 years of experience at St. Jude. We look forward to learning from her extensive event experience, strategic focus and fresh ideas.

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.

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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

August 2 | Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen

August 27 - September 30 | Walmart, Sam's Club Miracle Balloon Campaign

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.