Hope is powerful. This holiday season, we invite you to make a gift that gives hope to our patients and spreads joy to our hospital staff.

While time spent in the hospital during any season can be difficult, the holidays are especially tough.

Your generous support will make a world of difference in the lives of our patients and their families. From newborns to adults, each person we care for holds a unique story, and your donation can help turn those stories into tales of hope and recovery, just like Savannah.


Your generosity and holiday cheer encourage patients like Savannah Wroath.

One afternoon, Savannah became concerned about an ongoing cough and asked her mom to drive her to a local urgent care center. When test results showed significantly high levels of white blood cells, she was immediately taken by ambulance to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, where William Slayton, M.D., division chief for pediatric hematology and oncology, gently informed Savannah that she likely had cancer. After eight weeks of inpatient chemotherapy treatments and outpatient infusions, Savannah celebrated her last treatment just before Christmas. Savannah credits UF Health’s nurses and Dr. Slayton for helping to make her health journey as pleasant as possible.

“What he was talking to me about was very intimidating, but he explained things very easily to me so I could understand my condition and diagnosis better,” Savannah said.