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Peyton Wesner

A hope for a second chance

Susan Bailey has worked in health care over the last three decades, starting as a critical care nurse before becoming a chief executive officer at several hospitals across the United States. But in November 2020, the roles reversed. To this day, she doesn’t remember the helicopter ride that took her…

Year in Review: Local Champion Bailey

Blissful. Bubbly. Bright. There are many ways to describe our 2021 CMN Hospitals Local Champion Bailey Abbott and how she represents UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Bailey used this year to tell more people about Turner syndrome, a rare chromosome disorder that occurs when a female child…

Celebrating commitment: College DM programs raise more than $1 million in 78.6 hours

Dance Marathon at UF hosted Transform Today and raised $589,484 for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Photo by Dance Marathon at UF. 94,320 seconds. 1,572 minutes. 26.2 hours. Our three college Dance Marathon programs raised $1,046,778 for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital during their respective 26.2 hours of fall fundraising.

Research Showcase: Pediatric bone marrow transplant research at UF gets boost

The mission of CMN Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is to build awareness and raise funds for our pediatric patients. This research spotlight is the first in our Miracle Memo series to explore the impactful research completed thanks to CMN Hospitals funding. Biljana Horn, M.D., is the director…

‘Pumpkin’ to talk about: CMN Hospitals Ambassadors celebrate Halloween

This year our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals ambassadors treated us to spook-tacular costumes! Image Gallery Hannah enjoyed this year’s Moralloween celebration. Moralloween is Dance Marathon at UF’s annual fall fundraiser… Reilly also got into the Halloween spirit! Bella and her sisters took over the neighborhood as Disney Channel’s Descendants.

Flying high: UF Health helps Tory stick landing

For sisters Demi and Tory Ross, not too many places feel as magical as Walt Disney World. It’s where the girls and their parents travel every year from Tallahassee during the holiday season, a cherished tradition that started soon after Tory’s birth. “We started embracing those things and really having…

Gaming for a good cause

For more than a decade, Extra Life has united gamers in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 2009, our Extra Life Shands gamers have picked up their controllers to benefit UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. This year on Extra Life Game Day, held Nov. 6, our 92 registered participants…

Thankful for Take 5

Our friends at Take 5 and Driven Brands raised more than $130,000 for CMN Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. This year’s Take 5 fundraising total was a 64% increase from 2020. Thank you to our Take 5 locations for making a difference for our pediatric patients! Every dollar…

Karen Kaunitz’s health journey leads to nursing education fund

One life-threatening condition is often more than enough for one person to handle. Karen Kaunitz has endured several, including brain infection, breast cancer, melanoma, lung blood clots and multiple fractures due to osteoporosis. “For me, it’s like I have nine lives,” Karen Kaunitz said. “And it’s only because of the…

CMN Hospitals Ambassadors featured in national TV campaign ‘Help Kids Today’

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals ambassadors for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, Izabella Neira and Nathan “Nate” Ferrell, are featured in the latest “Help Kids Today” commercials. The commercials are part of a national campaign that features messaging around the need for community support to fund local CMN Hospitals’…