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Many families take for granted the simple pleasures of events like a school or community carnival. But not all children can toss a bean bag at a target, hold a fishing rod, or join a relay race.

Akron Children’s NeuroDevelopmental Science Center hosted its annual “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” carnival and picnic for children with cerebral palsy June 14.

Held in and outside of the Considine Professional Building, the popular event makes carnival-style games and activities adaptive and accessible for children with cerebral palsy.

“Our therapists work hard to adapt games and activities so they are as fun for our patients with disabilities as they are for their typical siblings,” said nurse Kathy Duritza, one of the event organizers.

The event also includes face painting, visits from the Doggie Brigade and the opportunity to meet with vendors who provide products and services for children with cerebral palsy.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame event for cerebral palsy patients

The highlight of the evening is the opportunity for the kids to hit a target, thus “dunking” their doctor in a tank of water. This year, Drs. Suneet Sahgal and Kathryn Mosher were among the good sports agreeing to get wet in exchange for some very big smiles.

Dr. Sahgal takes his turn in the dunk tank

After dinner and the games, the families were able to cross the Ohio & Erie Canal and head to an Akron Rubber Ducks home baseball game, complete with a night-ending fireworks celebration.

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