This past Sunday’s Mahoning Valley Scrappers game featured a balloon launch by Akron Children’s cancer and blood disorder patients and ceremonial first pitch by 12 year-old cancer survivor Owen Waller.
The festivities were part of the 5th annual Kids Hematology/Oncology Awareness Celebration at Eastwood Field in Niles. The event kicked off National Childhood Cancer and Sickle Cell Awareness Month, which starts in September.
“These patients and their families are faced with challenges on a daily basis, so this day was meant for them to spend the evening together away from the hospital, clinic visits and treatment, and just be a stress-free day away from the health issues they face,” said Shari Harmon, RN, BSN, CPON, clinical coordinator for Akron Children’s Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at our Beeghly campus.
Akron Children’s Foundation in the Mahoning Valley donated food vouchers to the families, and the Scrappers provided free tickets.
Each week during September features a different theme. This year’s themes are: Sports week, Safari week, Superhero & Princesses’ week, and Harry Potter/Magic week. The hospital will have popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs, snow cones, cookies, cupcakes and crafts for the patients in the office on various days of the month.