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Ethan’s Race Against the Clock

After a devastating hurricane season in 2018, Michelle Byron and her family were looking forward to being back in their home in Panama City just in time for Thanksgiving. While shopping for last-minute preparations at Target, Michelle received an unexpected call from her husband, Chuck…

Keeping Thea All Smiles

Althea “Thea” Brown is all smiles. And her spunky personality along with her curiosity for the world around her will undoubtedly bring a grin to your face…

#MadisonStrong

One glance at Madison Rhodes, 14, and no one would ever imagine the struggles she has endured…

Call Everyone: Bobby’s Journey with CHD

Robert “Bobby” Murray, 34, was born in Hollywood, Florida on Jan. 23, 1985 – during a decade in which long-term survival into adulthood for a person with congenital heart disease was grim…

A Big Move for a Bigger Reason

When Natalie and Mike made a life-changing move to Florida, it was also a life-saving one when the team at the UF Health repaired a hole in Natalie’s heart.

Tiny Fireball: Riley

Erin Campbell was only in her second trimester when she found out that the course of her entire pregnancy would be altered……

Team Nina: Cristina’s Story

At 6 years old, doctor’s diagnosed Cristina with a life-threatening cardiac abnormality. Listen to her incredible story of survival as a result of the UF Health Congenital Heart Center……

Nothing Slows Down Sage, Born with HLHS

Sage was born with a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS),which means the left side of his heart did not develop. He was life-flighted to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, where he has undergone three open heart surgeries with Mark Bleiweis, MD, at the UF…