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At Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation, we raise much-needed funds to support the future of pediatric healthcare at Nicklaus Children's. In our ongoing effort to raise funds that benefit our patients and families, we take seriously our role to highlight the generosity of our supporters and the meaningful impact that philanthropy has on patient lives.

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Simply Healthcare Funds Mental Health Services for Families of Nicklaus Children's Hospital ICU Patients

June 13, 2024

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and thanks to Simply Healthcare’s $175,000 gift, hundreds of families have benefited from one-on-one psychology sessions that address mental health concerns and instill hope.

Jocelyn Woolworth and Ronald Vogel appointed to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors

May 24, 2024
Jocelyn Frank Woolworth, an experienced philanthropist, and Ronald Vogel, a prominent entrepreneur and motorsports figure, have joined the board of directors of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, aiming to advance funding and awareness for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and its mission to create a healthy future for every child.

Donor Profile: Helen & Jacob Shaham

May 06, 2024
The Shahams, founders of The Palace Group, donated $15 million to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, resulting in the establishment of the Helen & Jacob Shaham Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute, aiming to enhance pediatric cancer treatment in South Florida.

STOP! Children’s Cancer of Palm Beach County Was Among First to Invest in Life-Saving Cancer Research at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, FIU

April 29, 2024

STOP! Children’s Cancer of Palm Beach County played a crucial role in the recent groundbreaking pediatric cancer treatment developed by Nicklaus Children's Hospital and Florida International University (FIU) researchers by providing the seed funding that made the research possible.

9th Annual Carlin Family Prom Hosts Largest Turnout in History of Special Event Celebrating Nicklaus Children’s Patients

April 15, 2024

A record number of Nicklaus Children's patients and their families celebrated the 9th Annual Carlin Family Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Prom on Saturday, April 13th at the Coral Gables Hyatt Regency. More than 140 teens participated, marking the largest turnout in Carlin Prom history.

Nicklaus Children’s Announces $15 Million Gift from South Florida Philanthropists Helen and Jacob Shaham

April 03, 2024
Nicklaus Children's Hospital today announced a $15 million gift from South Florida philanthropists Helen and Jacob Shaham to further elevate world-class pediatric cancer care and research through the hospital’s cancer and blood disorder institute. In recognition of the gift, the program now proudly bears the name, the Helen & Jacob Shaham Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute.

Hyundai Collaborates with Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami to Promote Child Passenger Safety

March 06, 2024
Hyundai Hope donated $15,000 to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to support its Car Seat Safety Program. The donation will help the hospital provide child passenger safety education and free onsite safety seat checks and installations to the communities it serves. The hospital is the lead organization for the Miami-Dade County SAFE KIDS Coalition, offering programs that prevent childhood injuries in the community. 

Topping Out Puts Surgical Care on Track for 2024 Opening

February 21, 2024

Nicklaus Children's leaders and construction crew members celebrated the "topping out" of Nicklaus Children's Kenneth C. Griffin Surgical Tower this spring, placing the final structural beam atop the 131,000-square-foot construction site.

Nicklaus Children's Honors Tim Anagnost at 2024 Donor Next Door Event

February 05, 2024
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation recognized Tim Anagnost at this year’s Donor Next Door event on February 1st, hosted annually by Philanthropy Miami.

Nicklaus Children’s Launches National Initiative to Protect Kids from Digital Technology

January 31, 2024
To support parents in navigating the complexities of today’s digital age, in which children can access inappropriate content, experience cyberbullying, suffer mental distress and addiction by using their screen devices, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the Digital Health Institute for Transformation (DHIT) and other key community partners today announced the formation of The Digital Safety Alliance and launched the Safe+Sound initiative.

Nicklaus Children’s 2023 Spread Joy Toy Drive Sets New Record for Toys Gifted to the Hospital’s Patients

December 20, 2023

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital received donations of more than 30,000 toys for patients on Saturday, December 16, during its annual Spread Joy Toy Drive – one of the largest hauls in the event’s history. Thanks to the generosity of the South Florida community, toys with an estimated value of $607,000, were gifted to the hospital to brighten the days of children receiving care at the 309-bed pediatric specialty hospital.  

Allison Baker Appointed VP of Development, President of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation

November 21, 2023

Allison Baker has been named vice president of development for Nicklaus Children’s Health System and president of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation. In this role, Baker leads a team of development professionals who work with donors and supporters to raise funds that support Nicklaus Children’s mission of delivering world class pediatric care to children in South Florida, throughout the region and across the globe.

iHeart4Kids 3rd Annual Radiothon Raises $101,964 During Live Broadcast from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

November 03, 2023

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital along with iHeartMedia in South Florida hosted the 3rd annual iHeart4Kids Radiothon on November raising a total of $101,964 live on the radio from the lobby of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital on Thursday, November 2nd.  

Sibling Cancer Survivors Inspire Diamond Ball Guests to Raise $2.5 Million for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

October 30, 2023

On Saturday, October 28, hundreds of philanthropists and community leaders across South Florida gathered to celebrate the most anticipated gala of the season – the  2023 Diamond Ball – at Loews Miami Beach. The glittering event, benefiting Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and presented by Mario Murgado and Murgado Automotive Group raised $2.5 million and counting for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. 

Spirit of Children Brings Halloween Spook-tacular Fun to Nicklaus Children’s, Including Costumes and Seasonal Crafts

October 16, 2023
Ensuring everyone gets a chance to enjoy Halloween this year, Spirit of Children, Spirit Halloween’s Charitable Foundation, together with Nicklaus Children's continued a tradition of providing patients and their siblings with a new costume as well as seasonal activities featuring arts and crafts, pumpkin painting, and surprise Ghostbusters special guests!

Nicklaus Children's Young Ambassadors Host 'Midnight in Paris' Themed Fashion Show to Raise Funds for New Surgical Tower

September 27, 2023

Last week, Nicklaus Children’s Young Ambassadors hosted the 10th annual Fashion Gives Back Fashion Show at Jungle Island for an evening of fashion, fun and fundraising in support of the Kenneth C. Griffin Surgical Tower and healthcare institutes at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The new five-story, 127,000-square-foot surgical tower is set to open in 2024 and will provide world-class quality surgical care to patients in South Florida and beyond.

Nicklaus Children's Launches New Tool to Create a Will

July 10, 2023

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation is pleased to partner with FreeWill to introduce a new estate planning tool that is now available to donors and the community. The tool allows you to create a will for free!

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Receives 'Autism-Friendly' Designation

July 05, 2023
Thanks to the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, our Adaptive Care Program is enhancing the safety and comfort of the inpatient environment for neurodivergent patients and their families. We are honored to receive the ‘Autism Friendly’ designation as a reflection of our dedication to creating a supportive and inclusive care environment. 

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Ranked Once Again Amongst Best Children's Hospital by U.S. News & World Report

June 21, 2023
Five Nicklaus Children’s Hospital specialty programs are again identified among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report in its 2023-24 “Best Children’s Hospitals” survey results. No other hospital in South Florida has more ranked programs.

Patients Enjoy Carlin Family Nicklaus Children's Hospital Prom at Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables

June 12, 2023
Nearly 100 teens from South Florida enjoyed a fun Arabian Nights theme at this years Annual Carlin Family Nicklaus Children's Hospital Prom thanks to Adam and Chanin Carlin. Patients, guests, and family celebrated a high school tradition in a stress free environment that they otherwise might have missed due to illness, infection concerns, or hospitalizations. Child Life Specialists and other clinically trained hospital staff also joined in on the fun and ensured that every patient had access to medical care if necessary. 

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation Launches Donor Advised Fund

March 13, 2023

Nicklaus Children’s is proud to be one of the first health systems in the state to offer its own donor advised fund. The health system’s fundraising arm, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, launched the donor advised fund this month, in partnership with BNY Mellon, in an effort to provide donors with a tax-efficient way to maximize their charitable giving.

Nicklaus Children’s Acquires Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Region in Growing Partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

February 17, 2023

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is expanding its footprint in South Florida as a result of a growing partnership with Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. As of 2023, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is now the official CMN member hospital for Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast, which includes Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River counties.

Priscilla Marrero Joins Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors

February 03, 2023
Priscilla Marrero has joined the board of directors of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, which raises funds for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the 309-bed pediatric specialty hospital serving Florida for more than 70 years.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Announces Historic Gift from Citadel Founder and CEO Kenneth C. Griffin

January 30, 2023
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital officials today announced one of the largest single donations in the hospital’s 72-year history. The $25 million gift from Citadel founder and CEO Kenneth C. Griffin will support the new five-story, 127,000-square-foot surgical tower opening in 2024. In recognition of this historic gift, it will be named the Kenneth C. Griffin Surgical Tower.  

Nicklaus Children's Honors Bibiana and Mario Murgado at 2022 Donor Next Door Event

December 08, 2022

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation is delighted to honor Bibiana and Mario Murgado, longtime supporters of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital who are strong influencers and advocates for the children and families we serve. Bibiana and Mario have shown amazing leadership in advancing pediatric care in South Florida so that more kids can access the very best healthcare.

Nicklaus Children's Earns 2022 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

December 06, 2022
Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital was named a Top Children’s Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers widely acknowledged as the toughest standard-setters for healthcare safety and quality.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Receives 14,000 Donated Toys in Annual Spread Joy Toy Drive to Benefit Patients

December 05, 2022
On Saturday, the South Florida community came together in support of Nicklaus Children's patients and families with over 14,000 donations totaling $350,000. Now, during the eight days of Hanukkah and on Christmas morning, every patient admitted at Nicklaus Children’s will wake up with a gift bag of toys and other goodies tailored to their age range. A very special thank you to all those who supported!

iHeart4Kids Radiothon Raises Record-Breaking $131,174 for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

October 31, 2022
The 2nd annual iHeart4Kids Radiothon, hosted by iHeartMedia in South Florida, raised a record-breaking $131,174 (and counting!) on Thursday, far exceeding last year’s proceeds, to benefit the patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Leaders and Supporters Break Ground for New State-of-the-Art Surgical Tower

October 26, 2022

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital leaders and supporters joined together last week for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the launch of the next phase of the hospital’s master facility plan, construction of a 127,000-square-foot surgical tower slated for completion in 2024. Among those in attendance were hospital namesakes Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Miami-Dade County Chief Operations Officer, Jimmy Morales.

Spirit of Children Reaches $1 Million Milestone in Donations to Nicklaus Children's Through Spirit Halloween Stores

October 13, 2022

This year, Spirit of Children, the fundraising arm of Spirit Halloween specialty retail stores across America, has reached its $1 million milestone in donations to support the Child Life program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. With a mission to make hospitals less scary for kids and their families, Spirit of Children brings fun and funding to hospitals on Halloween and all year round through monetary donations, as well as by providing costumes, accessories, decorations, and most needs for a Halloween party – including volunteers from local Spirit Halloween stores.

Nicklaus Children's Receives State Funding to Acquire New Technology to Support Care of Children with Complex Epilepsy

September 21, 2022
State Senator Ileana Garcia and Senator-Elect Bryan Avila presented  Nicklaus Children's a $500,000 check funded by the state of Florida to support the work of the hospital’s Epilepsy Program, a world-leader in treating children with medically resistant epilepsy.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Patient Meets His Donor for First Time at Fashion Gives Back Ahead of World Marrow Donor Day on Saturday

September 16, 2022

Last night, Nicklaus Children’s Young Ambassadors hosted the 9th annual Fashion Gives Back Fashion Show at Jungle Island in support of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, part of the Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The “Studio 54” themed celebration was emceed by NBC 6 reporter Kelly Blanco, and coming out in full force to support the patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, attendees wore iconic 70s attire as they danced the night away while helping raise funds in style.

My Special Aflac Duck® Brings Joy to Young Patients Diagnosed With Cancer and Sickle Cell Disease at Nicklaus Children's

September 06, 2022
September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, and to encompass activities designed to bring attention to these diseases, Aflac delivered My Special Aflac Ducks to young patients with pediatric cancer and sickle cell disease at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Acquires Mamava Lactation Pods for Breastfeeding Parents

August 10, 2022

Three Mamava lactation pods are now available at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s main campus near Coral Gables. The pods provide breastfeeding mothers with a private, clean, and comfortable space to pump or nurse their babies. 

Gianna: Young Sarcoma Patient Shares Her Journey to Inspire Others

August 03, 2022
Gianna kept experiencing a sharp pain in her leg that was causing her to limp. Her mother, Kathy, took her to the pediatrician who recommended she have an X-ray to see what was causing the pain. After being referred to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Gianna was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in her knee and needed surgical intervention.

Patients Enjoy 7th Annual Carlin Family Nicklaus Children's Hospital Prom at Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables

August 02, 2022

This past weekend, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital patients and their guests enjoyed a fun evening free of worry from their medical conditions as they danced the night away at the 7th Annual Carlin Family Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Prom thanks to the generosity of Adam and Chanin Carlin.

Miami Heat Center Bam Adebayo Receives Autographed Basketball From Nicklaus Children's Cancer Patients

July 01, 2022

Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for a special reunion with a cancer warrior. Michael, age 21 from Miami, has a very rare and aggressive form of leukemia that affects his liver and spleen and has been in treatment for a couple of years at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is Number One Children’s Hospital in Florida*

June 14, 2022
Five Nicklaus Children's Hospital specialty programs are again identified among the best in the nation in the 2022-23 U.S. News & World Report “Best Children's Hospitals” survey results. Nicklaus Children's is in a tie as the overall number one-ranked children's hospital in Florida and is the only children’s hospital that is top-ranked in South Florida. 

Student-Led Group 'Little Acts of Love' Becomes Guild at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation

May 31, 2022

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation is pleased to welcome Little Acts of Love (LAOL) as a guild in support of the patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The student-led guild is made up of young ladies in Miami who have gone beyond their community service duties to build awareness about pediatric health, fundraise and volunteer at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Nicklaus Children's Awarded Grant from DeLuca Foundation to Fund Services for Children With Autism and Mental Healthcare Needs

May 27, 2022

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has received a grant from The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation to enhance access to, and delivery of, behavioral health services for children and adolescents. The two-year grant provides funding for several initiatives to support the behavioral healthcare needs of the region's children.

Nicklaus Children's Joins New Miami Impact Index Crypto Fund

May 24, 2022

Nicklaus Children's is among a select group of Miami-based nonprofits that are beneficiaries of the new Miami Impact Index Fund, a first-of-its-kind in crypto.

Fundraise Your Way! New Online Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Platform Launched

May 23, 2022

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation has launched a new peer-to-peer fundraising platform, making it easy to fundraise your way! Create your very own campaign page in minutes and share it with your friends and family. The best part is you can choose where your campaign funds will go. Every dollar donated supports Nicklaus Children's vision to create a healthy future for every child.

Nicklaus Children's Opens New Healing Hearts Kosher Lounge for its Jewish Patient Family Population

May 02, 2022

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is pleased to unveil a new kosher food lounge that will provide a dedicated space for Jewish patients and families to maintain their kosher food practices during a hospital stay. The new space on the first floor of the hospital’s Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion (APCP) was dedicated in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, thanks to a generous gift from the nonprofit organization, Healing Hearts.

Art Mural Donated to Nicklaus Children's Hospital

April 26, 2022

In March, Nicklaus Children&'s Hospital unveiled a new art installation at the hospital's main campus, thanks to the generosity of Steven McKean, Co-Founder and CEO of ApexEdge, Evan Koorse, Co-Founder and President of TSC Miami, and David (Lebo) Lebatard, a world-renowned Cuban artist who created the wall mural. 

South Florida Community Raises Record-Breaking $3 Million at Diamond Ball for Surgical Tower at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

April 05, 2022

Hundreds of South Florida philanthropists gathered at the Loews Miami Beach over the weekend, raising a record $3 million to support pediatric healthcare at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The funds are to be dedicated to the construction of a five-story, 116,000-square-foot pediatric surgical tower to rise above the hospital’s Emergency Department. The tower will include state-of-the-art operating suites and welcoming spaces for patient families, supporting surgical care to benefit the next generation.

South Florida Community to Support Children at 15th Annual Diamond Ball Benefiting Nicklaus Children's Hospital

March 28, 2022

On Saturday, April 2, hundreds of philanthropists and community leaders across South Florida will gather at Loews Miami Beach to raise essential funds for patients and families at the 2021-2022 Diamond Ball benefiting Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, presented by Ensemble Health Partners.

Nicklaus Children's Joins With Community Partners to Promote Genetic Literacy Among Students in Overtown

March 01, 2022

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is pleased to collaborate with the Overtown Youth Center (OYC) and Miami Dolphins Foundation in the creation of Project GENES, an after-school genomics curriculum explicitly geared to young people of color.  By increasing genomic literacy, the program aims to empower students to make informed decisions about their healthcare and participation in research, as well as develop an interest in STEM careers.

Nicklaus Children's Awarded Grant From Rotary to Advance Behavioral Services for Children

February 14, 2022

Rotary has awarded Nicklaus Children’s Hospital $333,125 to support the expansion of the hospital's tele-behavioral health program. The grant is a joint initiative of the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne in Florida and the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland in Ontario, Canada.

Vivian and Juan Carlos Mas to be Inducted Into Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame for Nicklaus Children's Hospital

February 14, 2022

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce that Juan Carlos (JC) Mas, chairman and CEO of Mas Group of Companies, Corp., and his wife Vivian Mas, are the 2021-2022 inductees to the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame. They will be recognized for their philanthropic support and contributions to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and the South Florida community at the 2021-2022 Diamond Ball taking place on Saturday, April 2 in Miami.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital to Double Inpatient Psychiatry Unit in Honor of $5 Million Gift From Michelle and Michael Hagerty

February 01, 2022

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital today announced a $5 million gift from local philanthropists Michelle and Michael Hagerty that will establish a new unit to support the growing need for pediatric mental healthcare. In recognition of the generous gift, Nicklaus Children’s will name the Hagerty Family Behavioral Health Unit.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Surpasses Spread Joy Toy Drive Record Thanks To Support From South Florida Community

December 13, 2021

With donations still being counted and others arriving directly from Amazon, the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital annual Spread Joy Toy Drive raised a total of over $162,000 was in toys, gift-in-kind donations and sponsorships, surpassing all previous years. Special thanks to this year’s Spread Joy Toy Drive supporters, including Pacin Levine, PA, with support from Amazon, CVS Health, CVS Pharmacy y Más, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, FPL and Navarro Discount Pharmacy.

Nicklaus Children’s Honors Alex Soto at Donor Next Door

December 07, 2021
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation honors Alex Soto for his unwavering commitment to helping children and families in our community.

Nicklaus Children's First-Ever iHeart4Kids Radiothon Raises $75,000 for Children in South Florida

November 05, 2021

The first-ever iHeart4Kids Radiothon hosted by iHeartMedia in South Florida took place on Wednesday, November 4, raising  $75,000 in support of children receiving care at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, South Florida’s only freestanding pediatric hospital.

Nico’s Promise Bereavement Program Reaches $1 Million Endowment

November 04, 2021
After achieving an endowment goal to fund ongoing support services for grieving families, Founders of Nico’s Promise: A Journey of Hope and Healing presented the hospital with a $1 million check this week. “We are forever grateful for Nico’s Promise and its commitment to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital,” said Matthew A. Love, president and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health System

Nicklaus Children's Included Among Newsweek's Ranking of World's Best Specialized Hospitals 2022

October 27, 2021
Nicklaus Children's Hospital is included on Newsweek's list of World's Best Specialized Hospitals 2022. This prestigious award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., a world-leading statistics portal and industry-ranking provider. 

Philanthropy is Part of Their Family Values

October 25, 2021

For the Gelbers, giving back is part of their family values. The family of four has supported Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for nearly 10 years, by donating their time and pledging a gift through legacy planning. Gregg first became involved with the hospital as a member of Nicklaus Children’s Young Ambassadors, a group of young professionals which helps fundraise and advocate for patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Nicklaus Children’s to Host First-Ever iHeart4Kids Radiothon in South Florida

October 21, 2021

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is pleased to collaborate with iHeartMedia in South Florida to host the first-ever iHeart4Kids Radiothon from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 4. The 12-hour fundraising event, to benefit patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s, will be broadcast live on Totally 93.9 FM and NewsTalk 610 WIOD, with donations being collected by phone, text and online.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation Among First in South Florida to Accept Cryptocurrency Donations

September 30, 2021

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising essential funds for the patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, announced today that it has begun accepting cryptocurrency donations.


Nicklaus Children's Announces Transformational Gift to Advance Pediatric Surgery

September 29, 2021

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital today announced a $5 million gift from VoLo Foundation – a private family foundation - to support advancements in pediatric surgical care and treatment. In recognition of this generous gift, made possible by VoLo Foundation co-founders David S. Vogel and Thais Lopez Vogel, the hospital will soon designate a “VoLo Foundation Cardiac and Neurology Floor” on the Nicklaus Children’s main campus.

South Florida Philanthropist Donates Helicopter to Nicklaus Children's

September 28, 2021

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has a new addition to its critical care transport fleet, thanks to the generosity of Miguel “Mike” B. Fernandez, a Coral Gables-based healthcare entrepreneur, philanthropist and chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, LP.  Fernandez donated his personal helicopter to the hospital this week to help support the care of children from the region and beyond.


New Video! Partnership With Kohl's Cares Impacts Families Across South Florida

August 30, 2021

Over the past five years, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has partnered with Kohl’s Cares to bring healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle to children and families in South Florida. GiveMe5 has made a significant difference for children and families throughout South Florida. See all the highlights in this video!

$20,000 West Coast University Award Supports Nursing Research

July 28, 2021
West Coast University donates $20,000 to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to support nursing research and scholarship activities.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Partners with Nuvo Suites to Offer ‘Home Away From Home’ for Patients and Families

July 12, 2021

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is partnering with Nuvo Suites in Sweetwater, Florida to offer a “home away from home” for families in need of overnight accommodations while receiving care at the 309-bed freestanding pediatric hospital, which is located near Coral Gables.

The partnership provides up to a ten-night free stay for Nicklaus Children’s patient families who reside beyond Miami-Dade and Broward counties. This monthly hotel stay will be available to families of children who are scheduled for surgery and those requiring short stays to support attendance of physician office visits or scheduled procedures.

$1 Million Gift Supports State-of-the-Art Surgical Technology

June 29, 2021

A generous $1 million donation is supporting a new, state-of-the-art piece of medical equipment for cardiac patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The technology was possible because of the generosity of South Florida residents Howard and Debbie Belford, whose granddaughter had once received live-saving surgery at the hospital.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Specialty Services Again Ranked Among the Best in the Nation

June 15, 2021
Five Nicklaus Children's Hospital specialty programs are again identified among the best in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2021-22 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings. Nicklaus Children's has more ranked pediatric programs than any other hospital in South Florida.

New Leading-Edge Treatment for Leukemia Now Offered at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

June 10, 2021
Nicklaus Children's Hospital is one of the only hospitals in Florida, and the first pediatric hospital in South Florida, to offer the latest immune cell treatment for children and adolescents with certain types of leukemia. The Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is authorized to deliver the FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapy to the pediatric population. 

COVID-19 Relief Charitable Donations Support Vaccine Distribution at Nicklaus Children's

May 31, 2021

Since the launch of the Nicklaus Children’s COVID-19 Relief Fund last year, the community has donated $1.1 million in charitable donations to the hospital. Those donations have been put to work to support the hospital’s vaccine distribution efforts for teens and young adults like Diego.

Teenage Sisters, Creators of Scoliosis Brace Tracking App Donate $50,000 to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

April 12, 2021
After being diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis at 15, Hadley found keeping track of the hours and hours she spent in her corrective brace extremely difficult. With the help of her sister, the duo created the BraceTrack app to simplify the time recording process as well as share the recorded data with a doctor. If that wasn't amazing enough, the sisters announced a $50k donation to Nicklaus Children's Hospital thanks to Brace for Impact, a program of BraceTrack that supports scoliosis patient care.

Grand Prize Winner of Nicklaus4Kids 50/50 Raffle Announced

April 08, 2021

Dixie Sansom of Cocoa, Florida is the grand prize winner of the Nicklaus4Kids 50/50 Raffle. She received a check for $25,000, and the other half of the jackpot will benefit the Nicklaus Children's Patient Assistance Fund.

Nicklaus Children's and Kohl's Partner to Provide Food Assistance During Pandemic

March 23, 2021

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares are providing food assistance to patient families during the pandemic with a new pilot program that helps eligible families buy healthy groceries. So far, nearly 200 patient families have received assistance since the Nicklaus Children’s GiveMe5 Food Pantry initiative began in January of this year.

Mario Murgado and Murgado Automotive Group Show Support to Nicklaus Children's Healthcare Hero

March 22, 2021
In honor of Founders Day on March 20th at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Brickell Honda's Mario Murgado has donated a brand-new Honda Civic LX to one of our very own healthcare heroes, Marco Borque. Murgado, who is Nicklaus Children's Health System Board Chair, writes, "This past month, I have been so pleased to bring together two incredibly important parts of my life: Nicklaus Children’s Health System and our automotive business. In recognition of the incredible care offered by the health system’s employees, Murgado Automotive Group is giving away a car to one lucky employee."

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation Appoints Two New Members To The Board Of Directors

March 16, 2021

Join us in welcoming two new members of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors; Michelle Hagerty and Natalie Schwartz! Michelle and Natalie join an impactful group of Miami's most philanthropic, active supporters of children and giving back to their community.

Prominent Miami Lawyer and Foundation Board Chair Ricky Patel Donates 25,000 Masks To Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

March 10, 2021
Nicklaus Children's Hospital received a generous gift of 25,000 masks from Made in America, LLC., and Ricky Patel, a Miami lawyer and Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation Board Chair. The 3-ply disposable masks are still in very high demand at the hospital despite the recent downtrend in cases, using approximately 45,000 per week.

PGA Tour Golfer Camilo Villegas And Wife Maria Ochoa Unveil Mia's Serenity Space For Staff At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital In Honor Of Their Late Daughter

March 10, 2021
Mia's Miracles Serenity Space For Staff at Nicklaus Children's Hospital was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony alongside hospital supporters Camilo Villegas and Maria Ochoa in honor of their late daughter Mia. We are grateful for their vision for this special space which was designed for our healthcare heroes to relax, recoup, and find a moment of serenity in their busy day caring for our patients. In addition, Mia's Miracles will be supporting patients in need with emergency funds named Mia's Blessings. 

Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo Team Up With Nicklaus Children's Hospital for the #Nicklaus4Kids 50/50 Campaign

February 16, 2021
A lucky fan will win a life-changing cash prize in support of the Nicklaus Children's Patient Assistance Fund

Spirit of Children Provides Fun and Funding to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital with $77,657 Donation

February 10, 2021
Spirit of Children has donated $77,657 to Nicklaus Children's Hospital in support of patients and families. Collected throughout the South Florida area, online, and via business partners, has amounted to a whopping $913,606 to-date. The funds will support patient's non-medical treatment through our Children's Experiences Department such as equipment for therapy play,  lounges and family spaces for long hospital visits as well as pet, and music therapy programs.

Lilly Pulitzer & Honda Classic Cares Launch a New Print with Purpose to Benefit Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation in Support of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

February 05, 2021

Honda Classic Cares is teaming up with Lilly Pulitzer for the third year in a row to bring to fans of both entities a new Print with Purpose that will benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation in support of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. In support of The Honda Classic’s designated main beneficiary, the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation as part of this Print with Purpose, Lilly Pulitzer will be making a flat donation of $35,000. These proceeds will help support the patients of South Florida’s only freestanding pediatric hospital, Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

2021 Diamond Ball Chairs Olga & Salo Grosfeld Announced

January 26, 2021
This Year's Virtual Diamond Ball, An Auction Benefiting Nicklaus Children's Hospital, has announced the 2021 Diamond Ball Chairs are Salo and Olga Grosfeld. We're proud to have these amazing supporters and community members as Chairs.

One Park Financial Contributes to the Spread Joy Toy Drive Hoping to Bring Smiles at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

January 05, 2021
One Park Financial, a Miami-based financial technology firm and small business funding facilitator, together with other local businesses including MCA Academy and Virgin Hotels, collected toys for kids ranging in age from infants to teenagers. Collectively, they were able to gather over 100 toys. One Park Financials' CEO and Nicklaus Children's Hospital board member John Lie-Nielsen noted, “a gift is a warm gesture that reminds them that they are not alone. We are proud to be part of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital's Spread Joy Toy Drive.”  

Louis Hernandez Jr.’s Foundation For A Bright Future Makes $40,000 Gift to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Honored With Naming

December 28, 2020
The Foundation For A Bright Future, a 501(c)(3) announced its multi-year $40,000 pledge commitment to Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Founded by technology investor and executive, author, philanthropist, and board member Louis Hernandez, Jr., Foundation For A Bright Future passionately supports underrepresented and underprivileged children in providing equal access to education, healthcare, the arts and leadership development.

Mother And Son Reunited In Time For Christmas At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Thanks To Support From Mia’s Miracles

December 23, 2020

Just before Christmas, a mother and son were reunited at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. After spending four months away, Dilcia, a mother who lives in Honduras, was finally able to see her son Alex overcoming COVID-19, visa restrictions, and financial challenges. Thanks to Mia’s Miracles, she was able to surprise him during a routine visit to his oncologist for a checkup.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Raises $800k+ During Virtual Diamond Ball

December 08, 2020
The first ever Virtual Diamond Ball, An Auction Benefiting Nicklaus Children’s Hospital sponsored by City National Bank of Florida, together with the South Florida community, successfully raised $800,000 (and counting!) to benefit Nicklaus Children's COVID-19 Relief Fund. 

South Florida to Support Children, Families in First-Ever Virtual Diamond Ball, An Auction Benefiting Nicklaus Children's Hospital

November 20, 2020

On Thursday, December 3rd, the South Florida community will gather online to raise essential funds for patients and families at the 2020 Virtual Diamond Ball, An Auction Benefiting Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, presented by City National Bank. The virtual event will feature a live auction with one-of-a-kind experiences, patient success stories, a tribute to Nicklaus Children’s healthcare heroes, and much more. Leading up to the live event, a silent auction will open beginning Saturday, November 21st. This year’s Virtual Diamond Ball is open to the public and there is no cost to register.


Nicklaus Children’s Raises $31,750 on Give Miami Day

November 20, 2020

Supporters across Miami helped Nicklaus Children’s raise $31,750 for Give Miami Day on Thursday, November 19! It was a record-breaking day, with 96 people helping us to our grand total. That's an increase of $8,753 and double the number of supporters from last year.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Donates 80,000 Masks for Elementary School Children in Palm Beach County

October 22, 2020
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is keeping kids’ health and safety a priority with the donation of 80,000 cloth masks to the School District of Palm Beach County, providing a mask for every child enrolled at a public school in grades K-5. With the return to in-person classroom learning, mask use among kids will be important to help manage the spread of COVID-19.

City National Bank Supports Nicklaus Children's COVID-19 Relief Efforts

October 20, 2020
Nicklaus Children's Hospital is one of the beneficiaries of a $1 million commitment by City National Bank (CNB), Florida's Big Bank Alternative, to support South Florida organizations confronting the Coronavirus pandemic and its resulting economic impacts.

Miami Leader Issues Challenge in Honor of Nicklaus Children's 70th Anniversary

October 20, 2020
Jaret Davis, a prominent lawyer in South Florida and chairman of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Board of Directors, is challenging friends of Nicklaus Children’s to join him in making a planned gift this year in honor of the hospital’s 70th anniversary.

A Son's Memory is Honored with Naming of Mobassaleh Neurology Unit Lobby at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

October 06, 2020
The Mobassaleh family’s philanthropic support honors the memory of 23-year-old, Fouad, who suffered a sudden cardiac death from a rare medical condition.

Miami Dolphins Make $1 Million Commitment to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation

September 15, 2020
The Miami Dolphins announced a $1 million commitment to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation to help combat systematic health issues and address disparities in the African American and minority community around diabetes, sickle cell disease (SCD) and COVID-19. The four-year relationship will provide jobs, access to services, programmatic benefits and research designed to improve mental and physical health.

Ashley Homestore Donates 50 Beds, Frames and Mattresses to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Patient Families

September 03, 2020

Ashley HomeStore donated 50 twin-sized bed frames and mattresses; accompanied with their pillows, comforters and sheet sets to the patients and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital through its nationwide Hope to Dream initiative. Of those 50 bed sets, 25 were delivered to the Nicklaus Children’s Devonshire Apartments, while the other 25 were individually delivered to underserved families who have been pre-identified by the health system’s social workers.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation Appoints Three New Members to Board of Directors

August 25, 2020
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation has appointed Salo Grosfeld, Dr. Luxme Hariharan, and Michelle McKenna to its board of directors, joining a group of well-respected, accomplished leaders in our community who are strong advocates for children and health.

Panda Cares Foundation Donates 20,000 Masks to Nicklaus Children's Hospital

July 09, 2020
The Panda Cares Foundation, the charitable arm of Panda Express, has donated nearly 20,000 protective masks to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Florida and protective gear supplies still in record demand, the generous mask donation will continue to keep frontline healthcare workers and patients safe.

Nicklaus Children's Awarded $25,000 Project Innovation Grant for Telemental Health

July 01, 2020
Nicklaus Children’s has been awarded a $25,000 grant from NBC and Telemundo to expand our telemental health services. Child psychologist Dr. Sara Romero-Conil was interviewed by the news channel about the benefits of telemental health and the importance of managing anxiety in the household, especially now with COVID-19.

"Wear The Bear, Show You Care" Campaign Raises $150,000 for Nicklaus Children's COVID-19 Relief Efforts

June 25, 2020
Jack and Barbara Nicklaus and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation raised $150,000 for COVID-19 relief efforts at Nicklaus Children's as part of their Father's Day campaign called “Wear the Bear. Show You Care.”

Honda Classic Cares Donates $1.4 Million to Nicklaus Children's

June 25, 2020
For the fifth consecutive year, our philanthropic partners at the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation have received more than $1 million from Honda Classic Cares and The Honda Classic.

Walmart and Sam's Club Kick Off Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Campaign

June 22, 2020
Now through July 19, Walmart and Sam's Club locations across South Florida are hard at work to provide hope and healing for patients and families at Nicklaus Children's Hospital through their annual Children's Miracle Network Hospitals campaign.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Specialty Services Again Ranked Among the Best in the Nation

June 16, 2020
Five Nicklaus Children’s Hospital specialty programs are again identified among the best in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2020-21 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, posted online today.

Nicklaus Children's Patients Benefit From New Storytellers

June 01, 2020
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation would like to give a very special thank you to former Local 10 news anchor Laurie Jennings and Miss Broward County Cairo Eubanks for bringing storytime to life in our hospital amid COVID-19.

Nicklaus Children's Sees Overwhelming Community Support Amid COVID-19: Update From Foundation President

April 10, 2020

As each of us begins to feel the unforeseen impacts of COVID-19 on our lives, our workplaces and our community, I am humbled and overwhelmed by your caring spirit and generosity towards Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Speedway Donates N95 and Surgical Masks to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

April 06, 2020
To help protect medical professionals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Speedway—the Ohio-based company and one of the nation’s largest owners and operators of convenience stores—has donated 7,000 N95 masks and 3,000 surgical masks to 11 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), including Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, in hotspot areas to help provide protection when treating the youngest members of the community.

City Furniture Donates 30,000 Masks to Nicklaus Children's Hospital

April 03, 2020
City Furniture is producing and donating 30,000 protective masks to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to help safeguard patients and families from COVID-19. The donation helps the hospital spare its most critical hospital supplies and offset global resource shortages.

Miami City Ballet Costume Department Makes Masks for Nicklaus Children's Hospital

April 01, 2020
As hospitals around the globe sound the alarm about the low supply of protective masks available for staff and patients, the dedicated employees of Miami City Ballet’s costume department have stepped up to put their creativity and skills to good use. Today, they are busy making protective, functional masks for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital with an added dash of joy and playfulness to lift the spirits of patients, families and staff during this most unsettling time.

An Important Message on COVID-19 from Foundation President

March 19, 2020
As we all navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on our community and our world, I’d like to express our gratitude for you during this challenging time and also provide a few updates on how Nicklaus Children’s is responding.

Nicklaus Children's Patients Benefit All Year From Record-Breaking Donations During Spread Joy Toy Drive

January 17, 2020
The community was especially generous during the holiday season’s Spread Joy Toy Drive sponsored by Navarro. More than 32,000 items were donated—nearly three times the number of toys donated the previous year—with a value of more than $800,000.

Spirit of Children Donates $82,154 to Nicklaus Children's Childlife Department

January 16, 2020
The fundraising drive culminated in a not-so-spooky Halloween party and costume donation at the hospital, delivering dozens of costumes to children receiving treatment. This January, Spirit of Children dropped off a check for $82,154 raised during the campaign.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Partners Complete Successful 2019 Campaigns

January 15, 2020
As our Children’s Miracle Network team kicks off 2020, we want to give a special thank you to Elegant Beauty Supplies and Sunshine Gasoline for ending our 2019 with great success.

One Park Financial Helps Santa Deliver Smiles

December 30, 2019
One Park Financial, a Miami-based financial technology firm and small business funding facilitator, helped bring a little holiday happiness to children at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Florida Blue Foundation Awards $300,000 Health Care Grant to Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation

December 13, 2019
Florida Blue Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the state’s leading health insurance company, has granted Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation $300,000 over a three-year period to fund Baby Steps, a telehealth nursing intervention program to improve the transition to home care for pediatric patients.

Support Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation With AmazonSmile

November 11, 2019
Attention Amazon and Amazon Prime shoppers! Do you want to support Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation while you shopping? You can, when you participate in AmazonSmile, a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization, at no cost to you.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation Raises Nearly $2 Million at Record-Breaking 13th Annual Diamond Ball Fundraiser

October 19, 2019
Over 650 guests gathered during the 13th Annual Diamond Ball on Saturday, where nearly $2 million were raised to benefit the patients and families at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. The event, which took place at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, was chaired by community pillars Juliana and Alex Krys and honored philanthropist Michael Fux for his commendable work helping underserved children in South Florida.

South Florida's Young Professionals Celebrate 80s Style in Support of Nicklaus Children's Hospital

September 19, 2019
The 8th Annual Fashion Gives Back charity event raised money to fund areas of greatest need for young hospital patients. With a theme of “Shine: 80s Neon,” the celebration at Jungle Island was hosted by the Nicklaus Children’s Young Ambassadors (NCYA). 

Nicklaus Children's Mobile Dental Unit Brings Healthy Smiles to Community

June 03, 2019
Underserved children in areas of Palm Beach County will have the opportunity to see a Nicklaus Children’s Hospital dentist beginning this fall. The Nicklaus Children’s Mobile Dental Unit will be making rounds in the county thanks to a $1 million grant from the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation and The Honda Classic Cares.

Morton and Linda Bouchard Healing Garden Offers Space for Quiet Reflection

March 13, 2019
Nicklaus Children’s celebrated the opening of the Morton and Linda Bouchard Healing Garden on its main campus in February 2019. The garden, funded by the generous Bouchard philanthropists, offers a place of comfort and reprieve for hospitalized patients and their families. Located in an outdoor terrace of the hospital’s Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, the garden features colorful plants, topiary and a video wall with relaxing outdoor scenes. 

Former NFL Player Major Wright Donates Autographed Apparel to Nicklaus Children's Patients

March 13, 2019
Former NFL player Major Wright along with his friends from Nest of Love visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to celebrate "Good Deed Tuesday."

Former Super Bowl Champ Kayvon Webster Brings Smiles, Autographed Footballs to Kids

January 17, 2019
This January, Nicklaus Children's Hospital welcomed former Super Bowl champ and Houston Texan's cornerback Kayvon Webster to its Michael Fux Family Center.

Kansas Royals Slugger Jorge Soler Visits Nicklaus Children's Patients

January 08, 2019
World Series champion Jorge Soler stopped by Nicklaus Children's Hospital for a special visit with patients.

Univision Miami Team Delivers Toys and Holiday Joy to Patients

December 28, 2018
Anchors and reporters from Univision 23 Miami returned, sacks of toys in hand, to spend time with a few young Nicklaus Children’s Hospital patients this holiday season.

"A Child's Journey" Documents Nicklaus Children's Patients Overcoming Medical Obstacles

December 28, 2018
This winter, a TV special titled "A Child’s Journey," aired across Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach and Naples, highlighting three Nicklaus Children's Hospital patients, their families, doctors and care teams.

Thousands of Toys Donated to Nicklaus Children's Patients During Spread Joy Toy Drive

December 28, 2018
Being a kid in the hospital is never easy, especially during the holidays. However, this year, an overwhelming number of people contributed to our Spread Joy Toy Drive, making this a record-breaking year for our Nicklaus Children’s Hospital patients.

Michelle Boggs Named President of Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation

December 16, 2018
Michelle Boggs has been appointed president of Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of Nicklaus Children's Health System. In this role, Ms. Boggs will oversee operations of the foundation, which raises funds and awareness to support the work of the nonprofit Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the region’s leading pediatric specialty hospital.

Juntos Regalando Sonrisas Foundation Hosts Meaningful Holiday Party for Hematology/Oncology Patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

December 16, 2018
This December, Ryan and Valeria Esko and their foundation, Juntos Regalando Sonrisas/Together Giving Smiles hosted a special holiday party for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital hematology and oncology patients and their families outside the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation Supports Community Chanukah Menorah Lighting In Miami Beach

December 05, 2018
This December, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation was proud to sponsor Chabad of the Venetian and Sunset Islands’ Community Chanukah Menorah Lighting on the first night of the Festival of Lights.

Patients Celebrate Thanksgiving With Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation

November 26, 2018
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital patients and their families were treated to a delicious Thanksgiving lunch and celebration on November 21, 2018 in the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion amphitheater, thanks to the generosity of the Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation.

More Than $50k Donated to Nicklaus Children's Hospital on Give Miami Day

November 16, 2018
In just 24 hours, generous donors from our community gave $52,865 to our Nicklaus Children’s Hospital patients during Give Miami Day, one of the largest annual giving events in the United States.

Hundreds of Toys Donated to Nicklaus Children's Patients at Merrick Park Christmas Tree Lighting

November 16, 2018

Thousands of families kicked off the holiday season at the Shops of Merrick Park this November for the outdoor mall’s annual Christmas tree lighting holiday celebration.

The glittering event, hosted by WSVN’s Belkys Nerey and Coral Gables Mayor Raul Valdex-Fauli, featured many holiday-themed treats and activities for children, toy soldiers on stilts, children’s performances, and a visit from the big man himself, Santa Claus.

Diamond Ball Raises More Than $1 Million for Children and Families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

October 30, 2018
Over 550 of the most philanthropic members of our community came together over the weekend to celebrate the 12th Annual Diamond Ball – Beyond Tomorrow at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. The event raised over one million dollars to benefit the children and families cared for at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

World-Renowned Children’s Advocate Graça Machel Visits Patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

October 26, 2018
Graça Machel, African stateswoman whose decades long professional and public life is deeply rooted in the international advocacy for woman and children’s rights, visited patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital on Friday.

Halloween Party Brings Fun and Funding to Kids at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

October 17, 2018
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, in partnership with Spirit Halloween, hosted a Halloween party through the Spirit of Children program for patients and their families, complete with costumes, games and crafts. The parties are extremely uplifting for children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate in Halloween celebrations. Thanks to the Spirit of Children program, South Florida patients can enjoy the scary fun of the season despite being in the hospital.

Young Philanthropists Celebrate Nicklaus Children’s Hospital at the 7th Annual Fashion Gives Back

October 03, 2018
Some of the most fashionable young professionals in South Florida got together on Thursday, September 27 for the 7th Annual Fashion Gives Back. The event was hosted by the Nicklaus Children’s Young Ambassadors (NCYA), a group of young professionals who aim to raise funds that benefit the children and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

World Renowned Street Artist Seth Globepainter Unveils Mural at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

September 11, 2018
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, along with donors Goldman Global Arts and Jessica Goldman Srebnick, unveiled a five-story mural painted at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital by world-renowned French street artist, Seth Globepainter.  

Nicklaus Children's Young Ambassadors Dedicate Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Communication Station

August 17, 2018
In July 2018, the Nicklaus Children’s Young Ambassadors (NCYA) left a permanent mark at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital by dedicating the first communication station in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The opportunity was presented to the group due to the impact the young professionals have made on the children and families served at the hospital.

Get Ready for a Super Duper Fun Day of Family-Focused Activities, Entertainment November 17

August 17, 2018
This year, even if you're not a runner, you'll love our re-vamped, re-named event: Super Duper Fun Day, a walk and family festival that kids, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are sure to love! Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 17 in Regatta Park in Coconut Grove.

7th Annual Fashion Gives Back Celebrates Nicklaus Children's Hospital Patients This September

August 17, 2018

As the summer winds down, the Nicklaus Children’s Young Ambassadors are just getting started with their biggest event of the year, Fashion Gives Back.

On Thursday, September 27, South Florida’s most stylish philanthropists will gather at The Moore Building for this 7th annual event, celebrating our Nicklaus Children’s Hospital patients. Guests will enjoy a cocktail party, silent auction, shopping, as well as a fabulous fashion show from Saks Fifth Avenue Brickell.

Easy Summer Nutrition Solutions From Give Me 5

July 11, 2018
Summer is in session, which means most kids have lots of free time on their hands. While watching television or playing on the computer is always a favorite way to pass the time for most little ones, all those hours in front of a screen can take a toll on their nutrition.

Corporate Leaders Come Together at Diamond Society Appreciation Luncheon

July 11, 2018

This June, business leaders from our community gathered at the Hotel Colonnade in Coral Gables, as Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation thanked them for their philanthropic contributions. The annual Diamond Society Appreciation and Recognition ceremony and luncheon recognized these corporate leaders for their generosity and support of lifesaving treatments, breakthrough discoveries and revolutionary innovations at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Publix Shoppers Raise More Than $1 Million for Children's Health

July 05, 2018
This June, Publix customers across Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties made donations during checkout to benefit Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Altogether, those donations added up to an impressive $1,051, 652.72!

Save The Date for the First Ever Super Duper Fun Day

July 05, 2018
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 17, 2018 as our entire community comes together for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation’s first ever Super Duper Fun Day!

Anne Geddes to Hold Special Photography Exhibition in Support of Nicklaus Children’s

July 05, 2018
This fall, world-renowned photographer and children's advocate Anne Geddes will host her first official gallery exhibition in the US in Miami, benefiting Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The show will feature a series of her famous images of children and babies.

Costco Members Donate More Than $600K to Nicklaus Children's Patients

June 29, 2018
Thank you, Costco members! Because of your generosity this May, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital will receive a donation of $625,603.08, all raised at Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach county locations.

Nicklaus Children's Young Ambassadors Get Pumped for a Purpose at Live Free Crossfit

June 29, 2018
This June, the Nicklaus Children's Young Ambassadors (NCYA) hosted an afternoon of health and wellness at Live Free Crossfit in North Miami for all current members and several newcomers. The event featured a workout session, some light bites and an informative wellness chat with Ben Azadi, bestselling author of the Perfect Health Booklet.

Miami City Ballet Dancers Twirl Into the Hearts of Nicklaus Children's Patients

May 24, 2018
Dancers from the Miami City Ballet twirled through the lobby of the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital this May. Dressed in magical costumes from productions such as Sleeping Beauty, Prince Charming and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the pre-professional ballet dancers demonstrated basic ballet positions and movements to the young patients.

Kendra Scott Jewelry Helps Nicklaus Children's Patients Create Unique Mother's Day Designs

May 09, 2018
In celebration of Mother’s Day, representatives from Kendra Scott Jewelry made a visit to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to help patients design custom gifts for the holiday. 

Chuy's Doral Celebrates Opening With Donation to Nicklaus Children's

May 04, 2018
In celebration of their first South Florida location, Chuy's Doral donated $4,313.93 to the patients and families of Nicklaus Children's Hospital during a VIP charity event. Chuy's hosted several promotions on social media ahead of its grand opening, all to raise funds for the hospital and its children. 

Wells Fargo Makes Springtime Visit to Nicklaus Children's

March 28, 2018

Thank you to Wells Fargo for bringing the Spring Bunnies, bearing baskets of fun treats to our patients this March. The bunnies pulled up to the hospital in style, riding the famous Wells Fargo Stagecoach, even giving our patients a few rides in the horse-drawn carriage.

NFL Star Corey Liuget Visits Nicklaus Children's Patients

March 16, 2018
Miami native and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Corey Liuget visited patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital this March. Corey, who towers over most of our patients at 6"2, got down on the kids level to create arts and crafts projects, including painting tiny trophies for our champions.

Donate a Coloring Book to Nicklaus Children's

March 07, 2018
While our doctors and nurses are busy taking care of patients, coloring books help keep our Nicklaus Children's patients occupied, distracted from their hospital visit, and on their way to feeling better! 

Shake Shack Shakes Up Donations for Nicklaus Children's

March 07, 2018
All three South Florida Shake Shack locations have partnered with Nicklaus Children's Hospital and are donating 5% of sales from its Pie Oh My concrete—dense frozen custard blended at high speed made with REAL pieces of pie—to our patients. 

Make Miracles Happen at IHOP This February

January 29, 2018
Throughout the month of February, IHOP restaurants in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties are teaming up with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to collect donations for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital patients. Make your donation by purchasing a Miracle Balloon along with your meal.

Former Miami Heat Superstar Shane Battier Visits Nicklaus Children's Hospital Patients

January 04, 2018

Former Miami Heat superstar Shane Battier visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in December, where he toured the hospital’s Telehealth department, the Michael Fux Family Center, and spent time with several young patients in the cardiac unit, including one aspiring basketball player, pictured above. The NBA champion offered some words of wisdom to the 14-year-old, telling him even though he may be in the hospital right now, he can still work on his basketball skills through visualization and maintaining a positive spirit.  

Univision Miami Reporters Bring Toys and Holiday Cheer to Nicklaus Children's Patients

January 02, 2018
The team from Univision 23 Miami rolled its TV cameras, boxes full of toys, and lots of fun holiday cheer into the lobby of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital this December. Reporters from the network spent time making festive arts and crafts projects with several patients, decorating paper gingerbread houses and stockings, and handing out toys to all of the children.

Get a Free Lunch Bag and Start the New Year With Healthy Tips From #Giveme5!

January 02, 2018

Every January, people all over the world resolve to eat more healthfully in the new year. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, along with Kohl’s department stores are teaming up to make this goal possible for children across our community through its #GiveMe5 program.


Delta Dental Makes Donation, Holiday Visit to Nicklaus Children's Dental Clinic

December 21, 2017
A big THANK YOU to Delta Dental for its generous donation and for bringing Ratoncito Pérez to the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Dental Clinic to hand out free toothbrushes, coloring books, and a dose of holiday cheer to our patients!

Wells Fargo Bring Plush Ponies to Nicklaus Children's Doral Outpatient Center for the Holidays

December 15, 2017
A very special THANK YOU to the Wells Fargo Cash Vault Services team for volunteering and donating plush ponies to our patients at the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Doral Outpatient Center patient holiday party this December!

Hasbro Celebrates Kindness and Joy During Holiday Celebration with Nicklaus Children's Patients

December 14, 2017
For the 5th year, the incredible team at Hasbro brought its annual Day of Joy to the patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital this December. Employees from Hasbro’s Latin America Office gathered at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to bring joy and happiness to the patients with a cheerful holiday extravaganza.

Nicklaus Children’s Celebrates Tree-Lighting Tradition

December 07, 2017
It’s a special time of year, and that is no exception at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. On December 6, patients and families were treated to a tree-lighting celebration that included singing, delicious holiday treats, and even “snow.”

Pinecrest Bakery Hosts Miracle Campaign Benefiting Pinecrest Outpatient Center

November 30, 2017
Pinecrest Bakery has teamed up with our Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program to host a miracle campaign benefiting the recently opened Nicklaus Children’s Pinecrest Outpatient Center. Until Jan. 1, customers can support the hospital by purchasing a Miracle Balloon icon to go along with their coffee and pastries at any Pinecrest Bakery location.

Anita Andrews Gives Back to Nicklaus Children’s in Memory of Her Beloved Granddaughter

November 30, 2017
Anita Andrews has a very special reason behind her volunteer work with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. For the past three years she has been setting up bake sales in the lobby of the hospital every other week offering delicious treats, most made by her.  She started doing this in memory of her granddaughter Briana Vega, who passed away in 2014 after a two-year battle with leukemia.

Thank You for Helping Us Raise More Than $40,000 on Give Miami Day

November 17, 2017
Thanks to your support, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation raised $44,675 on Give Miami Day, hosted by The Miami Foundation. Thousands of supporters came together during the 24-hour giving event to help hundreds of non-profits in the Greater Miami area, raising more than $10 million in total.

President’s Cabinet Hosts Meet-And-Greet for Members and Board of Directors

November 17, 2017
Our President’s Cabinet is already looking ahead to 2018. Recently, the group hosted a meet-and-greet event with members of the Boards of Directors for Nicklaus Children’s Health System, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation. 

2017 Hall of Fame Inductee Anne Geddes Visits Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Ahead of Diamond Ball

October 20, 2017
World-renowned photographer Anne Geddes and her husband, Kel, stopped by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in October, the day before she was inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame at Diamond Ball: An Evening in the Garden. Ms. Geddes is known for her portraits of babies, so naturally, she and her husband visited the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where they met some of our smallest, most vulnerable patients. The couple spoke to families in the unit, offering their support and words of encouragement.

Behind The Bake Stands: A Look at the Inspiration for ‘Bake A Difference’

October 18, 2017
For the past three years, Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation has been excited to Bake a Difference every fall, by using bake sales to bring the community together to raise funds and awareness for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Program. As all great initiatives, behind this wonderful event is an inspiring story, one of a young girl who decided to turn her experience with epilepsy into something positive. We spoke with 15-year-old Sam Hirschhorn, the founder of Bake a Difference, to learn more about her story.

Spirit Halloween Brings Joyful Spook to Kids

October 13, 2017
Halloween season is made less scary and a lot more fun for patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital thanks to Spirit Halloween stores and their Spirit of Children program. At their annual party for patients, children were able to select their own costumes, decorate pumpkins, and participate in other fun themed activities and crafts. 

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Doctor Donates Sculpture in Honor of Patients

October 04, 2017
Doctors at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital do more than just save lives. One doctor in particular has combined his two passions in order to create inspiring art. Dr. Santiago Medina is the co-director of Neuroradiology and Brain Imaging at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, but when he is not mapping the brains of young patients, he is using his medical expertise as inspiration to create stainless steel sculptures.

Walmart Celebrates 30 Years of Partnership Helping Patients and Families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

September 25, 2017
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital joins in the celebration of Walmart’s 30-year anniversary as a Children Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) partner, an international non-profit that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals in the United States. As a partner since 1987, Walmart has raised more than $3,014,404.90 for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and $930 million up to 2016 across the nation, and aims to reach the $1 billion mark for 2017.

On A Streak: Publix Raises Over $1 Million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Second Year in a Row

August 03, 2017
Publix associates and customers in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties have gone above and beyond for the patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. For the second year in a row Publix raised more than $1 million!  

Paris Saint-Germain Players Visit Young Soccer Fans at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

August 02, 2017
Players from the French international soccer team, Paris Saint-Germain took a break from scoring goals to visit patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The Paris Saint-Germain Foundation arranged for players Javier Pastore, Giovani Lo Celso, Kevin Trapp, and Thiago Motta to meet with young soccer fans and patients in the new Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion (APCP). 

Cirque Du Soleil OVO Performers Bring Smiles to Patients

August 02, 2017
The patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital were in for a laugh when performers of Cirque Du Soleil stopped by for a fun visit. Cast members from “OVO by Cirque Du Soleil” brought smiles and laughter to the lobby of the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion.

Starlight Children’s Foundation and Athletes for Hope Donate Gowns to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

August 01, 2017
Patients of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital were just given a new twist on their traditional hospital gowns. Starlight Children’s Foundation teamed up with Athletes for Hope to deliver 100,000 new gowns to numerous Starlight
Children's partner hospitals and healthcare facilities, including Nicklaus Children’s  Hospital. These Starlight Brave gowns are no ordinary gowns. 

Thank You to Nicolas Diaz Foundation for Generous Donation

July 31, 2017
Patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital will have more exciting hospital stays, thanks to a generous donation from the Nicolas Diaz Foundation! Johanna and Carlos Diaz created the  Nicolas Diaz Foundation in honor of their little boy, Nick, who passed away three years ago. Their mission is to raise awareness for the need of blood donations and to help patients have a less painful and difficult time during their treatment. Johanna and Carlos came to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital with 40 Nintendo Wii consoles to fulfill a promise they made to Nick.

First Annual EKG Reunion Brings Together Grateful Families and Supporters

July 28, 2017
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital held the first ever EKG reunion, an event open to the community which aimed to raise awareness about the importance of having young athletes undergo this simple, yet important test. The event brought together patients who were discovered to have had heart conditions after undergoing an EKG test, potentially saving their lives. Members of the community  were also encouraged to attend and have their kids screened for free.

Antonio Banderas Visits Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

July 06, 2017

Internationally renowned actor Antonio Banderas visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital where he received a tour of its facilities followed by a special visit with two patient families in the hospital’s cardiac unit. Dr. Narendra Kini, CEO of Miami Children’s Health System, led the tour and showed the guests some of the hospital’s most technologically advanced areas, including Telehealth and the recently acquired intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) system. 

Walters Legacy Society Members Thanked at Inaugural Luncheon

May 31, 2017
The first ever Walters Legacy Society Appreciation Event was held to thank those donors who have supported Nicklaus Children’s Hospital through their estate plans. The event included a private tour of the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion followed by a luncheon in the Majorca Room of The Biltmore Hotel.

Miami Children’s Health Foundation Recognizes Ricky and Arti Patel at Donor Next Door Luncheon

May 30, 2017
MCH Foundation considers itself lucky to be able to count on the support on countless community leaders who every day strive to make a difference in the lives of those around them. At the recent Donor Next Door Luncheon, held by Philanthropy Miami, MCH Foundation recognized Ricky and Arti Patel for their unwavering dedication to the patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Honoring our Supporters in the New APCP

April 25, 2017
MCH Foundation is excited to show its gratitude to the generous donors who give to Nicklaus Children’s Hospitalon two new, beautiful donor recognition walls located in the lobby of the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion (APCP).

MCH Foundation Recognizes Donors at Diamond Society Appreciation Event

April 24, 2017
Our donors were the guests of honor at the annual Diamond Society Appreciation Dinner and Recognition Ceremony held at the Coral Gables Country Club. The private dinner brought together prominent community leaders and philanthropists as a way of thanking them for their unwavering support to the children and families who depend on Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

3rd Annual Duty Free Americas Golf Tournament Raises $250,000 for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

March 03, 2017
Hundreds of golfers and tennis players came together during the 3rd Annual Duty Free Americas Golf Tournament and raised $250,000 in support of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The event, hosted by Duty Free Americas and the Falic Family Foundation, took place at the Weston Hills Country Club and included a golf tournament, tennis tournament, and a reception with a silent auction. Thank you to Duty Free Americas and the Falic Family Foundation for making Nicklaus Children’s the beneficiary of this year’s successful event!

Nicklaus Children’s Launches State-of-the-Art Mobile Dental Unit to Provide Pediatric Dental Care in Underserved Communities

March 03, 2017
A new state-of-the-art mobile health unit is making its way to underserved children in South Florida, offering free oral health screenings, assessments and exams, all supported by telehealth connectivity with care providers at Nicklaus Children’s main campus. The 40-foot mobile unit is Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s latest endeavor to assist families in need as part of its vision “to be where the children are” in South Florida and beyond.

Florida Rx Card Supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

January 18, 2017
Miami Children's Health Foundation is excited to announce a new partnership between Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Florida Rx Card, a program that allows members to save on prescriptions while giving back to the children. Each time a prescription is processed through Florida Rx Card, Nicklaus Children's Hospital will receive a donation. All residents are eligible for the savings card, and it is easy to obtain. Simply print it out to start saving on your prescriptions today!

6th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes Kick-Off

December 28, 2016
The kick-off for our upcoming 6th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes took place in December at the beautiful home of Kick-off Sponsors Klaudia and Lewis Brown. Event Co-chairs Criselda Breene, Susanne Birbragher and Yona Puri were joined by Miami Children's Health System CEO, Dr. Narenda Kini, along with dozens of supporters

Singer Ricardo Montaner Brings Smiles to Patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

December 27, 2016
Renowned Venezuelan singer Ricardo Montaner was recently invited to see first-hand the world-class care offered at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s and its new facilities. Montaner was given a tour of the hospital, including the Michael Fux Family Center, Telehealth Center, and the recently opened Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion. Dr. Guillermo de Angulo gave the singer a tour of the Hematology/Oncology unit in the tower, where he also had the opportunity to meet several patients who are receiving treatment. Montaner learned a little bit about their experiences, while sharing words of positivity and hope with them and their families.

Unveiling Event of New Signage at the Miguel “Mike” B. Fernandez Family Pediatric Trauma Center

December 27, 2016
As part of the ongoing transformation of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, on December 5th we had the honor of hosting the Fernandez Family for an unveiling of new prominent signage at the pediatric trauma center gifted by the family. Mike and Constance Fernandez; George, Alex, Michelle and Michael Fernandez, children of Mike; and Pilar Giorgino, Mike’s sister, joined Miami Children’s Health System and Foundation and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital leaders for the exciting moment when the signage was revealed. Several close friends and business associates of the Fernandez’s took part in the ceremony and also attended the private breakfast reception following the unveiling to toast this generous family’s commitment to our hospital and those we serve.

Hasbro Employees Spread Joy to Young Patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital During Fourth Annual Global Day of Joy

December 16, 2016
Holiday cheer was felt all around Nicklaus Children’s Hospital during Hasbro’s 4th Annual Global Day of Joy! Employees from Hasbro’s Latin America Office gathered at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to bring joy and happiness to children in need with a festive holiday extravaganza. Special character guests such as Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, Pinkie Pie from “My Little Pony,” and Heatwave from “Transformers: Rescue Bots,” brought countless smiles delivering toys to patients and families.

Cirque Du Soleil Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosities Amazes Patients at Nicklaus Children’s

December 16, 2016
Performers from Cirque du Soleil's Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosities, lit up the lobby of the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion during the holidays with a special performance that brought smiles and laughter to the patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Dozens of families gathered to watch the artists and characters display yo-yo tricks, incredible balancing acts, and a hilarious skit.

Re/Max Advance Realty Broker/Owner Anthony Askowitz Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro in Support of MCH Foundation

December 09, 2016
RE/MAX Advance Realty (RMA) has been a longtime supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and recently, broker/owner Anthony Askowitz took that dedication to new heights. Over a six-day trek, Askowitz climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, asking friends and family to support him on his journey by making donations to Miami Children’s Health Foundation, benefiting Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. To date, Askowitz has raised nearly $2,000 with this incredible initiative.  

Actress and Singer Liz Elias Visits Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

November 30, 2016
The patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital received an exciting visit from actress and singer Liz Elias, from the popular Nickelodeon show “Every Witch Way.” Elias received a tour of the facilities, including the Michael Fux Family Center and the Emergency Department. Her tour concluded in the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion (APCP), where she joined patients for a drum circle led by Music Therapy specialists.

Vote for Miracles With Credit Unions for Kids

November 16, 2016
In celebration of Credit Union for Kids' 20th Anniversary, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has partnered with the credit union community throughout the country to conduct a hospital voting contest. Vote for Miracles kicks off Nov. 29 and concludes Dec. 20. The top five hospitals receiving the most votes will be awarded monetary gifts compliments of America's credit unions. You have the power to make a difference for sick kids in your community! Help Nicklaus Children’s Hospital be one of the top five hospitals by visiting and voting daily!

Save the Date for Give Miami Day 2016

November 01, 2016
We are only weeks away from Give Miami Day, The Miami Foundation’s annual 24-hour online giving event created to make an impact in our community. On Nov. 17, we invite you to join us to help surpass our $50,000 goal for this day by making a donation through and selecting Miami Children’s Health Foundation as your charity of choice.

Countdown to the Third Annual Bake a Difference

November 01, 2016
Come on over and “bake” a difference! On Nov. 19, the third annual Bake a Difference community-wide event will feature families and friends throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties setting up bake stands for a good cause.

Miami Children’s Health Foundation Celebrates 10th Anniversary Diamond Ball, Raising Nearly $1.6 Million

November 01, 2016
In an extravagant celebration befitting of a decade anniversary, Miami Children’s Health Foundation hosted its 10th Anniversary Diamond Ball on Oct. 29 at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. Nearly $1.6 million were raised throughout the evening by generous supporters, benefiting the patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

CMN Hospitals Highlights and Upcoming Fall Events

October 30, 2016
This fall, our Children’s Miracle Network Hospital partners have been busy supporting MCH Foundation with a variety of fundraising events to benefit patients of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital!

MCH Foundation Celebrates Grand Opening of Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion

October 26, 2016
More than 300 guests gathered on Oct. 13 to celebrate the success of the Together For The Children campaign with a special preview unveiling of the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion (APCP). One of the seven priorities of Together For The Children, the new six-story, 212,000 square-foot state-of-the-art family centered facility is equipped with the most advanced tools and technology essential to ensure our young patients with the best care possible.

Costco Raises Nearly $500,000 During Month-Long Campaign

October 17, 2016
The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is having quite the year. CMN Hospitals partner Costco Wholesale has become the most recent company to outdo itself by raising $471,768 during its one-month miracle balloon and rainbow icons campaign at its 12 locations from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach.

6th Annual MCHF5K a Success Thanks to Supporters Like You!

September 27, 2016
An enthusiastic crowd of nearly 4,500 participants including runners, walkers, spectators and families from around South Florida came out to join the Citrix 6th Annual Miami Children’s Health Foundation 5K Run/Walk Presented by Sabadell United Bank (MCHF5K). This year, we also counted on the support of some our Celebrity Ambassadors, Ximena Duque and Erick Cuesta, who created their own teams. Thanks to them and the community coming together for the patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s, the MCHF5K was a great success! Since its inception, the MCHF5K has raised nearly $2.5 million, benefiting Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Jose Feliciano to Perform Live and be Inducted Into Pediatric Hall of Fame at Diamond Ball

September 26, 2016
Every year, during our signature Diamond Ball—ranked among the top fundraisers in Florida and one of the most anticipated charity events of the season—we introduce a new inductee into our Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame. Named for our founder who vowed no child would ever have to leave our region to receive world-class care, the Hall of Fame pays homage to individuals from all walks of life who are strong advocates for children’s causes.

Delta Dental Gives Back

September 20, 2016
On Friday, Sept. 16th, Rosie Marrero and Oralie Rodriguez from Delta Dental presented a $43,150 check to Miami Children’s Health Foundation’s Pietro Bonacossa, Director, Foundations and Major Gifts, and Michael Kushner, SVP and Chief Talent Officer for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. They were joined by other MCH Foundation staff.

Getting Ready for the MCHF5K

September 14, 2016
The Citrix 6th Annual Miami Children’s Health Foundation 5K Run/Walk Presented by Sabadell United Bank is less than a week away! Here are some last minute details to check on to get ready for the event this weekend.

Don’t Just Make a Difference, Bake A Difference

September 02, 2016
Last year, the event raised over $30,000! These funds supported the Epilepsy Program and the sponsorship of a holiday store for the children in the hospital, where they were able to select gifts for friends and family during the holiday season. The mission of “Bake a Difference” encourages children to get involved and make a difference in the lives of other children.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels Presents Nicklaus Children’s With $50,000 Impact Grant

August 30, 2016
“A day without cancer” is the message of hope that Hyundai Hope On Wheels brought to our patient families during a recent visit to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. A longtime supporter of Miami Children’s, Hyundai Hope On Wheels presented the hospital with a $50,000 Impact Grant in support of this grand mission that both organizations are dedicated to. Representatives from Hyundai Hope On Wheels, Nicklaus Children’s Hospitaland Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation), as well as patient families, gathered in the Batchelor Research Building atrium to celebrate this great honor, followed by the organization’s signature Handprint Ceremony.

MCHF5K Title Sponsor Citrix Gives Back to Patients of Nicklaus Children's Hospital

August 24, 2016
Miami Children’s Health Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to work with companies who repeatedly take their commitment to the next level by motivating the community and their employees to give back. Recently, our MCHF5K presenting sponsor, Citrix, did just that as its employees gathered on a Monday afternoon to participate in a service project for the patients and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Thank You to Generous Supporters Who Contributed to Lifeflight® Upgrades

August 16, 2016
The hospital’s recent name change to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, in honor of a generous pledge from the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, caused a ripple of changes across the institution. As all areas are gradually being upgraded to reflect the new name and logo, the hospital recently unveiled the new look for its LifeFlight® fleet, including upgrades that were made possible thanks to the support of some of our donors.

Univision Presenter Barbara Bermudo Visits Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Meets Patients

August 09, 2016
Barbara Bermudo, one of Univision Network's most recognized talents and co-host of the show “Primer Impacto,” visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in what turned out to be an impactful and emotional experience. On a tour of 2 North and the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit led by Dr. Juan Bolivar, Bermudo met the family of a 2-month-old patient whose life was saved thanks to the treatment he received at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. The visit to the cardiac unit put into perspective what Bermudo learned before the tour when she met with representatives from MCH Foundation and the hospital's Senior Vice President for Chief Officer, Dr. Deise Granado-Villar, where they discussed Nicklaus Children's mission to provide the best pediatric healthcare in the world.

Support While You Shop With AmazonSmile

August 05, 2016
Attention Amazon and Amazon Prime shoppers! Do you want to support Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation while you shop? You can, when you participate in AmazonSmile, a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization, at no cost to you.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Blooms With Delight, Celebrating the Benjamin & Sara Vargas Family Butterfly Garden

July 21, 2016
The Butterfly Garden at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has a name thanks to the generosity of Branka and Jose Vargas. A ceremony on July 24 unveiled the new Benjamin & Sara Vargas Family Butterfly Garden, named in honor of their children, Benjamin and Sara. The Benjamin & Sara Vargas Family Butterfly Garden is an inviting space where patients, family, staff and neighbors can enjoy the lush vegetation and visiting butterflies. During the naming ceremony, Benjamin and Sara let butterflies spread their wings as they released them into their new home. 

Enjoying Your Summer While Giving Back With CMN Hospitals

July 16, 2016
While you’re enjoying the summer with family and friends, you help the patients of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (CMN). Throughout the summer, you can enjoy treats, meals, and shopping experiences throughout South Florida. 

Nicklaus Children’s Receives Special Visit From Aimee Carrero, the Voice of Disney Channel’s First Ever Latina Princess “Elena of Avalor,”, and Latin Grammy Singer Gaby Moreno Who Performs its Theme Song

July 05, 2016
The halls of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital were filled with excitement as two special guests came to tour the facilities and pay a visit to the patients. Aimee Carrero, voice of Disney’s first Latina princess, Elena of Avalor, and Latin Grammy award-winner and singer-songwriter, Gaby Moreno, who sings the theme song for the new series, were able to bring countless smiles to the patients and their families’ faces, and learn more about our cause.

Adventures in Nicklaus Children’s Hospital: Raul De Molina and Disney Channel Actress Sofia Carson Visit the Hospital

June 16, 2016
It was an exciting day at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital thanks to Together For The Children Campaign Ambassador Raul De Molina, who invited a very special guest to tour the facilities and visit the patients. Disney Channel actress, Sofia Carson, one of the stars in the movie “Descendants,” was visiting her hometown Miami, and De Molina who wanted to share his passion for the hospital and invited her to visit to learn more about the cause.

Calling All Fashionistas: The 5th Annual Fashion Gives Back is Right Around the Corner

June 10, 2016
Because giving back never goes out of style, we are excited to announce that the 5th Annual Fashion Gives Back will be taking place on Sept. 29 at the Moore Building in Miami’s Design District. This year’s event will be—once again—an exciting evening of fun, fashion and giving back as models work the runway with Neiman Marcus must-have trends while young professionals of the community come together to raise funds and show their support for our number one cause, the children!

Publix Campaign Benefiting CMN Hospitals Raises Over $1 Million for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

June 06, 2016
Publix stores across Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties raised an outstanding $1,089,654 for the patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital during Publix’s three-week miracle balloon campaign benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 

Seriously Ill Patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital Experience Prom Night

May 24, 2016
More than 100 chronically ill patients, their parents and dates recently celebrated the 3rd annual Carlin Family Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Prom thanks to a generous donation of $300,000 from the Carlin family to Miami Children’s Health Foundation. The Carlin family’s donation is underwriting the cost of the prom since 2014 and until 2018. Local sponsors and vendors also took on the mission of giving these young patients a night they would otherwise not be able to experience due to their medical conditions.

MCH Foundation Honors Supporters at Diamond Society Recognition Ceremony

May 22, 2016
On May 12, Miami Children’s Health Foundation celebrated the annual Diamond Society Appreciation Dinner and Recognition Ceremony, at the Coral Gables Country Club, to thank the generous donors who support our mission on behalf of the children and families who depend on Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The private dinner brought together prominent community leaders, philanthropists, and media executives who have pledged their support and celebrated the Foundation’s success in raising an unprecedented $71.5 million in 2015.

VACC Camp Celebrates 30th Anniversary

May 10, 2016
This has been a big year for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s VACC Camp (Ventilation Assisted Children’s Center Camp) as it celebrated its 30th anniversary in March. Since the program was founded in 1986, more than 180 families, some of whom have traveled from other places, have benefited from this unique experience. VACC Camp has provided children with tracheostomies (requiring oxygen and ventilators to breathe), along with their families, a week filled with activities such as swimming, boating and bowling regardless of their medical limitations. 

Fight Along With Us! Join our New Digital Initiative #2gether4thechildren

May 06, 2016
Come together for the children of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital by participating on our new digital campaign #2gether4thechildren and adding a filter to your profile picture on Facebook. With a press of a button, you can lay one of the Foundation’s gorgeous Britto heart designs over your Facebook profile picture to show your friends, family and colleagues that you’re standing with us in the fight against pediatric illness.

WBC Heavyweight Champion Bermane Stiverne Visits Neurology Patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

April 28, 2016
The children at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital enjoyed a knockout visit from former world heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne. The Haitian-Canadian professional boxer and former WBC Heavyweight champion had the opportunity to tour the hospital’s high tech facilities and spend time with patients at the Neurology Department

Adamari Lopez Visits Nicklaus Children's Hospital

April 19, 2016
The patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital had a special visit from Puerto Rican actress, Adamari Lopez, who had a chance to visit and share some special moments with our families.  Lopez who is known for her
telenovela and movie roles, is also a breast cancer survivor and knows well what medical challenges and fears our families and children fight through every day.

Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion Construction Update

April 18, 2016
If you’ve recently been to our hospital’s main campus, you probably noticed the massive construction project that taking place near our Emergency center. Usually when we hear the word “construction” we cringe because we immediately think of all the noise, blocked areas, and annoyances that come with most construction projects. However, the construction that has been underway here at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital will truly revolutionize the level of care that our children will receive!

Celebrating the Naming of the Pediatric Care Center

April 15, 2016
In 1948, Gladys Stewart came to the United States from Cuba with the hopes of a new life.  Throughout her life, she always felt strongly about giving back and supporting the children of our community, particularly those less fortunate. After her husband Frederick passed away, she visited what was then Miami Children’s Hospital. She was so moved by the compassionate care given to underserved children in need of medical help that she decided to leave a legacy so that other children could also be helped for years to come.

Kayvon Webster Visits Nicklaus Children's Hospital

April 04, 2016
Denver Broncos cornerback and Super Bowl winner, Kayvon Webster, recently visited Miami Children’s Health Foundation, the fundraising arm for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. During his visit, Webster brought smiles to the patients at Nicklaus Children’s and heard about their inspiring stories and experiences at the hospital. The Miami native was especially touched by Michael, a young boy fighting cancer.

Ximena Duque and Erick Cuesta Become our Newest Celebrity Ambassadors

April 04, 2016
Cross-over television and movie actress Actress Ximena Duque and journalist and television host, Erick Cuesta have joined the ranks as the latest Celebrity Ambassadors for Miami Children’s Health Foundation.

Meet Raquel, our MCHF5K Hero

April 04, 2016
At just 16 years old, Raquel has become an inspiration for many. You couldn’t tell by her smile or endless energy that Raquel has been fighting for her life since her early teens. Her life came to a screeching halt after she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Her parents searched for the best doctors and so Raquel became a patient at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.