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Fishing for Kids catches event-best fundraising effort

When 80 boats departed Sea Hag Marina in Steinhatchee, Fla., at 6:30 a.m. on April 27, the Fishing for Kids fundraising effort was already surging behind the scenes to support UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. The 19th annual Fishing for Kids Saltwater Trout Tournament kicked-off with a low…

Extra Lifers take to the Tabletop to play games and heal kids

Over the weekend of April 12-14, Extra Life held their annual Tabletop Weekend to help raise funds for Children’s Miracles Network Hospitals. In support of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, the Gator Gaming crew organized a successful TableTop Weekend, raising $2,556 – more than doubling their total from last year’s…

Ambassador Highlight: Isla

Isla Mock was in 4th-grade discovering her passion for sports, taking the field in a dual capacity for soccer and softball, when she faced a life-altering challenge. Two-and-a-half years ago, a traumatic accident threatened not just her future in sports, but in life. Following an ATV accident, Isla’s…

Hope in action for Prader-Willi syndrome research

In medicine there are those whose passion and dedication offer rays of hope to patients and their families. In the field of pediatric endocrinology, Jennifer Miller, M.D., the director of the UF Health Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) program, shines brightly as an inspiration for many.

Tiny Hearts, Big Impact: Child Life in the PCICU

The halls of a hospital can be intimidating for young patients facing the unknown. One such patient, a young girl, is brought into a room to receive a CT scan from a technician she’s unfamiliar with. As the machine begins to hum, she feels anxiety, unsure of what…