Festival of Trees

Get into the holiday spirit this year by helping make miracles for children! The inaugural Festival of Trees event, held in Tioga Town Center from Dec. 4 – 6, features a weekend-long silent auction of beautifully decorated trees. All proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, helping our local kids.

The event kicks off Thursday, Dec. 4 with a VIP Preview party and an exclusive opportunity to preview, bid or buy the trees, along with holiday treats and beverages – and best of all, a short program featuring a patient family. On Dec. 5, the family friendly showcase of trees opens to the public, giving attendees a chance to bid on trees until the following evening. You won’t want to miss this perfect opportunity to brighten your holiday season, while giving hope to our pediatric patients and families.


Miracle Trail Ride 2014

On Saturday, Oct. 18, more than 100 horse riders made their way to the Fechtel Tract at Lower Wekiva Preserve State Park for the 22nd annual Miracle Trail Ride to benefit Greater Orlando Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. These trail blazers set out each year to leave a trail of miracles for the pediatric patients at Greater Orlando CMN Hospitals by completing a 10-mile horseback trail ride...


7th Annual Noche de Gala Had Guests "Amped"

It was a rockin' party for a good cause Oct. 25 at the 7th annual Noche de Gala at the Besilu Collection in Micanopy, Florida. Following the theme of “Noche de Gala Amped” the event attracted around 1,000 guests who enjoyed food, live music and a Champion Paso Fino horse show. Hosted by the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, the yearly event supports the UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.

The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation has pledged more than $7.5 million to support pediatric care. This year, UF Health Shands Children's Hospital opened the Sebastian Ferrero Atrium and lobby, featuring interactive video displays to entertain children and parents, nature-themed art, a reception desk and elevators that travel solely to floors housing pediatric units.

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Gamers Play for Pediatric Patients

More than 200 gamers played in the 24-hour marathon Saturday, Oct. 25 benefiting Children's Miracle Network at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. The first on-campus UF Extra Life Event was held in the UF Digital Worlds building. Gamers HQ and many other private events were held.

Gamers were sponsored through donations to play console games, board games and even lawn sports to support CMN at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Together, Extra Lifers raised more than $17,000, a 70 percent increase from last year’s Extra Life.

Children's Miracle Network Ambassador Child Tyler Pence, 9, visits Extra Lifers to thank them and play a few games on the big screens.


Turning Experience into Inspiration

On Nov. 10, Katrina Gomez and her son, Wyatt, 2, presented the Florida Neonatal Neurologic Network (FN3) – led by UF Health neonatologist Michael Weiss, MD – with proceeds from “Lasso for Little Ones,” a fundraiser the family started to support FN3 and the March of Dimes.

More than 100 people attended the first annual event, held Oct. 11 at the Gilchrist County Rodeo Arena, to raise nearly $4,000. Attendees enjoyed children’s activities, food and entertainment, and even a goat roping activity.

Katrina was inspired to create the fundraiser after spending 11 weeks with Wyatt in the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit. It was there that the Gomez family formed a strong bond with Dr. Weiss and learned about FN3, whose mission is to provide state-of-the-art care for newborn babies with brain injuries, and to collect research and develop future therapies to improve long-term outcomes.

Katrina Gomez with her two sons (Wyatt left) pose for a photo with Dr. Weiss and Judy Angley, associate IN, during the check presentation on Nov. 10.


Help Children's Miracle Network by Shopping

Spread some holiday cheer with your CAMPUS USA Credit Union CMN Visa Platinum Card. A percentage of every purchase made with this card goes directly to patient care at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, even if you pay your balance in full each month. Don’t have a CAMPUS CMN Visa Platinum Card? Apply now! Together we can make miracles happen.


Holiday Wish List

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 our wish list items. Your contributions make a difference.