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CMN Ambassador Stories

Ambassador Spotlight: Beckett Genuardi

Beckett Genuardi loves music. When he’s not learning to play the piano, Beckett is often singing with his father, Joe. Many of their songs can be heard on Party Hearty, the Genuardis’ YouTube channel. Their audience has grown to more than 2,300 subscribers. But music is more than just an…

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…

Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Elie

Stomach pain and severe vomiting led Elie to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Thanks to one world-renowned specialist, she now enjoys a “normal and healthy” life.

Arts in Medicine holds classes for Ambassador families

This fall, our UF Health Shands Arts In Medicine team offered two 6-week virtual art workshop series for our CMN Ambassador families! These workshops provided Ambassadors and their siblings the opportunity to create artwork alongside other virtual classmates under the direction of UF Health artists-in-residence. CMN Ambassador Evangeline Owens…

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Elijah

Elijah Gonzalez has been a “local” since birth, arriving at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, and almost immediately transferring to the NICU.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Isaiah

Immediately after his birth, Isaiah Richardson was struggling to breathe. He was rushed to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital for treatment and testing.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Bailey

When Bailey was born, her parents were stunned by the diagnosis, having never heard of Turner Syndrome before, and could only find scant information on the internet. The family was referred to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital because of the breadth of care available from our Turner Syndrome specialists.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Beckett

Beckett Genuardi spent his first two months of life at home with his family surrounded by the love of his parents and three siblings. Beckett’s mom, Taylor Genuardi, started to notice what seemed like difficulty with Beckett’s breathing but was told everything was fine.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Amelia

Walking the streets filled with magic at Walt Disney World, lying outside for hours during the day and enjoying playdates at Gigi’s Playhouse, 4-year-old Amelia King was always on the go. Just starting Pre-K, Amelia was diagnosed with B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia this past May.