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Tyler Ratay

The phrase "Memento vivere" sums me up nicely. It's a reminder to take it easy and soak up the moments. It's also a reminder to take risks and make the most of life.

Benefits open enrollment: Nov. 2-19

Stay informed as the benefits open enrollment period approaches for UF Health Shands employees. It's important to look at what options are available to determine what best suits you and your family's needs. Open enrollment begins Nov. 2 and closes Nov. 19. HR will mail employees information about benefits plans and eligibility.

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PetSmart hosts weekend Adopt-a-thon

About 100 cats and dogs will be ready for adoption this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at PetSmart's fourth and final "Adopt-a-thon" of the year. With the help of Helping Hands Pet Rescue and local volunteers, PetSmart gives about 100 cats and dogs homes four times a year at the event, which is part of a national campaign.

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Improv show at High Dive this weekend

The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Co. will perform at the High Dive at 8 p.m. Sunday. The company, composed of performers from New York and Los Angeles, has toured around the country, and its performances are fueled by audience suggestions.

First pediatric ECMO transport a success

Never in the 24-year history of the UF Health extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, program had there been a transport of a pediatric patient on ECMO from an outside facility by our team. Thanks to the dedication, expertise and teamwork of those involved, our first pediatric ECMO transport earlier this year was a success.

Hope from ashes " Shands News & Notes - News & Notes - UF Health Shands

"I don't know if I can ever repay everyone for everything they did for me and my family, but I'm going to try my best," Williams said.Around 4:30 a.m. on July 30, Williams heard a noise outside his bedroom that didn't sound right. He walked to the back of the house and found it engulfed in flames.

Dollars and sense

The electrical power used to operate UF Health Shands facilities costs about $13.5 million annually. "That's enough energy monthly to power about 13,000 homes," said Mark Dykes, UF Health Shands Facilities Development energy manager. Those millions of dollars are spent on utilities like air conditioning, electricity and humidity control.

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Reggae vibes downtown

Tribal Seeds, along with Ballyhoo! and Beyond I Sight, will play at High Dive downtown on Sunday. Doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets are $17 for those over 21 and $20 for everyone younger. Tribal Seeds started with two brothers, Steven Rene Jacobo and Tony-Ray "T-Ray" Jacobo, in 2005.