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Ambassador Highlight: Meet Elyse

Oct 17th, 2016

When the 2-year-old Elyse didn’t get better after a virus, her pediatrician ordered routine blood work that showed that she was severely anemic.


Ambassador Highlight: Meet Kirstyn

Sep 21st, 2016

Kirstyn was all smiles on her 12th birthday as she opened presents and ate cupcakes decorated like emojis. Life hasn’t always been smiles and happy emoticons for this brave girl.

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Ambassador Highlight: Meet Micha

Aug 11th, 2016

At 13 years old, Micha Wright became an unconventional jeweler. Her route to entrepreneurism and philanthropy began in 2000, when Micha was born three months early.


Ambassador Highlight: Meet Kaedyn

Jul 18th, 2016

Kaedyn's health struggles haven't stopped him on the baseball field.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Nick

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Nick

Jun 17th, 2016

Nick Mullen was just 2 years old when he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick, making it harder for the heart to pump blood and causing abnormal heart rhythms.


Ambassador Highlight: Meet Alyssa

May 16th, 2016

Born at only 26 weeks and weighing a tiny 1 pound and 4 ounces, Alyssa started fighting for her life right after her birth in the neonatal intensive care unit at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

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Funding hope: Parkinson’s patient on the road again

Apr 28th, 2016

When he was 38 years old, Doug Kirk remembers how things like brushing his teeth or raising his left arm became difficult. He wasn’t able to sleep. Even sitting for extended periods of time proved painful. But this summer, he and his wife Sheila will cycle for more than 450 miles along the scenic southern hills of Iowa.


Ambassador Highlight: Meet Reilly

Apr 28th, 2016

By the time Reilly was 6 months old, he had undergone two open-heart surgeries to repair his congenital heart defect.


Ambassador Highlight: Meet Tori

Mar 24th, 2016

Two summers ago, Tori Boyton’s mom, Kimberly, noticed a mark on Tori’s head that grew from a small, red spot into a larger bump

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Ambassador Highlight: Meet Ava

Feb 29th, 2016

In October 2010, 8-year-old Ava Mason had unexplained swollen lymph nodes in her neck. Despite initial treatment, Ava’s lymph nodes continued to grow even larger.