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CMN Ambassador Stories

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.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Kendall

If you have attended Dance Marathon at UF in recent years, chances are you’ve seen a young girl with braided pigtails in the center of all the action. Meet Kendall Lewis, AKA Miss K.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Caden

“Caden has never known a life without hemophilia or Shands. Shands is as normal to his life as daycare,” said Caden's mother, Christina.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Luke

Before leukemia, 3-year-old Luke Lambert was a ‘care-free and fun wild child’ who loved to play with the students at the school where his parents taught.