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Ambassador Highlight: Meet Beckett

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Beckett

Jul 25th, 2019

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

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Amelia

Jun 25th, 2019

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

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Kendall

May 10th, 2019

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

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Caden

Jan 31st, 2019

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

Baby Thiago on a hospital bed in a striped sweater, blue baseball cap and small Converse shoes

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Thiago

Nov 27th, 2018

The Ramos family recently relocated to the United States for one main reason: treatment for their 10-month-old son, Thiago.

CMN Ambassador Luke Lambert

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Luke

Aug 1st, 2018

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.

CMN Ambassador Dani-Lynn Early

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Dani-Lynn

Jun 29th, 2018

Like many families whose children are born with serious illness, the Early family vividly remembers the day their lives changed forever.

UF Health Shands Children's Hospital CMN Ambassador Jenna Rogers

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Jenna

May 16th, 2018

18-year-old Jenna Rogers is a fitting example of how expert medical intervention at a young age makes all the difference in the world.

CMN Ambassador Willa Ambrosius

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Willa

Mar 29th, 2018

If you have a chance to talk to 10-year-old Willa Ambrosius, she will tell you a lot about herself.

UF Health Shands Children's Hospital CMN Ambassador Caden Buth.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Caden

Feb 27th, 2018

5-year-old Caden Buth loves singing, dancing and acting—but like a dinosaur or a robot.