For the Kids, UF Health Shands Children's Hospital Monthly eNewsletter

Izabella Neira named a national CMN Hospitals Ambassador

We are thrilled to share that our local CMN Ambassador, Bella, has been selected to serve as a national CMN Hospitals Ambassador for the upcoming year!

Bella is the very definition of a miracle. She and her twin sister Jesubelle were born three months premature with little hope for survival. After several life-threatening diagnoses, Bella was transferred to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital where she would receive a pediatric heart-lung transplant.

Last year, Bella represented our children’s hospital as the official local champion. We will announce a new local champion in the coming months.

UF Health pediatric oncologist awarded $200K grant

Last month, representatives from Hyundai Hope On Wheels® program presented a $200,000 Hyundai Young Investigator Grant to UF Health pediatric oncologist Paul Castillo, M.D., during an event at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

Child Health Day energizes Dance Marathon programs

OwlThon at FAU and Dance Marathon at UF programs marked Child Health Day through unique initiatives that resulted in more student participant registrations and donations for their respective events.

Where does my gift to CMN go?

When you donate to CMN Hospitals to support UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, your dollars make a big difference. Earlier this summer, $43,958.60 of CMN Hospitals funds were used to purchase a flexible video neuro endoscope for our neurosurgery team.

Save the date! Gridiron is back Feb. 9

Mark your calendars now for the 3rd annual UF Health Gridiron Challenge, happening Saturday, Feb. 9. This family friendly event features a flag football tournament, tailgate games, food and activities for all ages.

Interested in volunteering? Send your application today! Many different shifts and responsibilities are available.

What's happening this month

Oct. 15-16: CMN Store Days

CMN Store Days are back Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16, at the UF Health Shands Hospital Atrium.

This highly anticipated, bi-annual event supports our local CMN Hospital, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

Place your pre-order now to secure your favorite designs. Two short-sleeve options and one long-sleeve option will be available.

Visit for details and updates now through the event.

Now through Oct. 31: Spirit of Children campaign

Download and present this coupon at one of the three Gainesville or Ocala Spirit of Halloween locations to save 10 percent off your entire purchase. Spirit of Halloween will give 10 percent back to support the Child Life team at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

Offer is valid through Oct. 31.

Store locations supporting UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital are:

• 3606 SW 34th St., Gainesville, FL

• 6711 W. Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL

• 4205 SW 38th Court, Ocala, FL

Get more from your local CMN Hospital

You can get an inside look at the stories and people who make UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital such a special place.

CMN at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Blog

Here you’ll find hospital highlights and feature stories, like our #MiraclesInMotion series.

UF Health Giving Facebook Page

On Facebook? Follow our page for the latest updates from our CMN program and other UF Health giving initiatives.

Join our CMN Hospitals Ambassador program

The CMN Hospitals Ambassador program at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital provides a platform to help families share their incredible stories, helping to further its mission of building awareness and increasing funds for hospitalized children in our community. Complete the form and we will be happy to help you!

Upcoming Campaigns and Events

Oct. 13 — UF APSA Inaugural 5K Run for Chronic IllnessesAll profits will benefit the Streetlight program at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

Oct. 15-16 — CMN Store Days | Get your exclusive T-shirts featuring art by pediatric patients.

Oct. 19 — Trunk or Treat, sponsored by KC Wine & Koffee BarThis event features a live auction, prize raffle, bounce house, face painting, costume contest and live music.

Now through Oct. 31 — Great Clips CMN Hospitals Miracle Balloon Campaign | Make miracles at your next hair cut! Donate at least $1 for a Miracle Balloon and a $2-off coupon for your next visit. 

Now through Oct. 31 — Dairy Queen CMN Hospitals Round Up Campaign | Round up your purchase or make an additional donation when visiting participating Dairy Queen locations. Proceeds support UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Wish List

We want to make the most of your donation efforts. View a list of year-round items that support our pediatric patients while in our care.