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CMN Ambassador Stories

Ambassador Highlight: Ellie

In the early chapters of Ellie Zimmerman’s medical journey, one prevailing theme emerged: against all odds. Her narrative didn’t begin with her birth, however; it took root even before her entrance to the world. Jennifer Zimmerman, Ellie’s mother, found herself unexpectedly relying on the services of UF Health…

Child Life program making difference one patient at a time

Talia Mor looked out at the crowd with a huge smile on her face. She was speaking to students from Dance Marathon at the University of Florida. It was as though she was looking at younger versions of herself. After all, Mor was in their shoes not so long ago.

DM at UF raises $2 million for CMN Hospitals

During its annual 26.2-hour event on April 1-2, Dance Marathon at the University of Florida raised $2,007,079.05 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Hundreds of dancers worked tirelessly throughout the school year and then took to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center to “Imagine the Day”…

Ambassador Spotlight: Kinsey

Art is more than a hobby for Kinsey. Art is expression. It’s where her passion and creativity come alive. Even on the most difficult of days – such as her weekly dialysis on Wednesdays – 19-year-old Kinsey can be found doing arts and crafts. “She is a very cheerful type…

Where does my CMN gift go? | February 2023

Photo courtesy of Bunnell. Because of your continued support and generosity toward Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, UF Health has purchased two Bunnell high-frequency jet ventilators. The Bunnell high-frequency jet ventilator provides low-flow ventilation. By removing carbon dioxide, this device is particularly effective in treating infants with air leaks. The high-frequency…

Introducing our 2023 Champion, Lauren Price!

Every year, 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals identify a “Champion” in each of their communities to serve as the face for children treated at their local children’s hospital. These ambassadors spend the year advocating for the charitable need of children’s hospitals across North America. UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is excited to…

Year in Review: Local Champion Beckett

January 15 is a special date for Beckett and the Genuardi family. It’s a day where the 8-year-old celebrates all he has overcome and accomplished. Because on this date eight years ago, the Genuardi family received the greatest gift of all – a heart transplant for Beckett. “We celebrated my…

Ambassador Spotlight: Powie

Powie Patterson was “just surviving.” That is how Kristen Patterson describes her daughter, Powie, before UF Health. “She was bouncing from infection to infection,” Kristen said. “She has gone from merely surviving to thriving.” Powie is living with mitochondrial disease, a disorder that occurs when mitochondria fail to produce enough…

Ambassador Spotlight: Introducing Tiny Miss Universe, Dani-Lynn

Dani-Lynn Early is beaming ear-to-ear. Dressed in a lime green dress, Dani-Lynn shines a smile to a room full of contestants, judges and pageant queens. A sparkling crown sits atop her head, and a sash proclaiming her as “Tiny Miss Universe” is placed over her right shoulder. At just 7…