A Celebration of Miracles

A Celebration of Miracles

With $80,529 raised, the 13th Annual Radiothon for Kids, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, was a tremendous success!

The 13-hour broadcast took place in the UF Health Shands Hospital Atrium on Thursday, Sept. 19. On-air hosts from 98.5 KTK , 97.3 THE SKY, 850 AM ESPN Gainesville and 103.7 ...

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Meet UF Health Shands Children's Hospital patient, Ava Mason

Every five minutes, Jen Mason would pace back and forth from the hospital room to the hallway, breaking down and then gathering herself again.

She didn’t know anything about cancer. The nurses had to pull out a Velcro dummy to demonstrate how a port would save her 8-year-old ...

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Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Meet Ava's Physician, William Slayton, M.D.

Dr. William Slayton, fondly known as “Dr. Bill,” insists he doesn’t do “owies.” To gain the trust of the already shaken hearts of his pediatric patients, he immediately tries to relieve any fear that he will hurt them.

Serving as the Division Chief and Program Director ...

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Patients Enjoy New Play Area

“One more bedtime story?” “Can we stay five more minutes?”  Every day, parents hear pleas from children who feel that time is going too fast. But for the pediatric patients waiting for transplants or receiving long-term treatments, time can move far too slowly.

“I don’t think a lot of people realize how long some pediatric patients stay in the hospital for treatment,” said Marie Kasprow, nurse manager of unit 44 pediatrics....

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Upcoming Events


2013 Belt Buckle Ball

Please join us November 1 at The Farm in Tallahassee for the fourth annual Belt Buckle Ball! In addition to a fun evening of food, entertainment, bull riding, funny-money poker and the "Best Buckle" Contest, you can help make miracles happen for Tallahassee’s children in need of specialized pediatric care at UF Health Shands Children’s ...

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Cadillac Invitational Golf Tournament benefiting PALS

Become a sponsor now for the PALS Golf tournament, benefiting PALS at UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital. For the past 13 years, Bosshardt Realty, Inc. has been supporting this tournament, raising funds and awareness for the PALS Program.  The event consists of a golf scramble, lunch, dinner and short program for the golfers and their guests.  We are fortunate ...

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The September Allergy Epidemic

Once September rolls around, most parents start to prepare for the dreaded flu season. However, with school starting and germ swapping on the rise, respiratory infections also increase, which becomes especially dangerous for children with asthma. Eight out of 10 asthma attacks in children are caused by viral infections and a quarter of all hospitalizations with pediatric asthma patients occur in September.

So what can you do to keep your child safe from the “September Epidemic”? The first step is to talk to your child’s pediatrician about allergies and asthma, especially if you fear your child might be experiencing symptoms of either condition. Your family physician can perform an allergy blood test to identify any allergies that could be contributing to the symptoms.

While schools are filled with hazardous irritants like chalk dust and respiratory allergens, you can make sure your home is clear of any mold, mildew, dust, etc. Most allergy symptoms are triggered by built-up exposure, so keeping your home free of anything that might irritate your child’s allergies is important.

As always, remind your family of everyday practices to avoid germs, like washing their hands, sneezing/coughing into their elbow and avoiding contact with classmates/friends who are sick.