New arrivals and new hope were among the many memorable moments at Akron Children’s Hospital in January. Each month, this blog will feature a recap of the top “In the Moment” photos from the previous month. We invite you to take a glance at those you may have missed, or a second peek at those you’ve already enjoyed.
1. His hands were tiny, but Westin Nebelsick had no problem reaching into the hearts of his parents, Rachel and Jeremy, and those who cared for him. Born at just 25 weeks and weighing under two pounds, he thrived and was home before Christmas. 2. We now have 24 beds in our newly remodeled inpatient behavioral health unit on the Akron campus. 3. Other than a stuffed black cat, there was nothing spooky about Lacy Blanton’s 18th birthday on Friday the 13th. It was a super sweet day with cupcakes, gifts, flowers, family, friends and a spa treatment by our Glamour Cart volunteer Brooke Oldaker. 4. Born with pyloric stenosis, a narrowing of the lower part of the stomach that can prevent food from entering the small intestine, Ellie Norton couldn’t keep food down and needed surgery at Akron Children’s. Today, she is an energetic 5 year old who loves spicy buffalo wings. 5. In 2011, when Maddux Maple was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia at age 5, fellow Uhrichsville resident and amateur fighter Cody Garbrandt donated the proceeds of his next match to his cancer care. Garbrandt promised to fight his way to a UFC title if Maddux kept fighting cancer. Both kept their promises. 6. We can’t get enough of Emma Gray in her one-of-a-kind Akron Children’s swag! Emma pulled through a series of illnesses in December, septic shock, prolapsed bowel, neutropenia and acute respiratory failure. Mom says she is doing great and they are very thankful. 7. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in October 2016, 5-year-old Elaina Stevens began three months of chemotherapy that ended a couple weeks ago. When a subsequent CAT scan and ultrasound showed she was cancer-free, she was greeted by doctors, nurses, and other Showers Center staff, as well as music, dancing, streamers, gifts, a cake, a trophy and lots of hugs and tears. 8. Baby Bryce was just 3 weeks old when he suffered a brain bleed and was flown to Akron on Air Bear. Now 5 years old, he’s in pre-school, learning to swim and eating everything set in front of him. 9. When Parker Ruff was 9-months-old, doctors discovered an orange-sized tumor around his kidney and diagnosed him with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that almost always affects infants and young children. This July he will celebrate 2 years of being cancer-free, and this year’s 98.1 WKDD “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon marks his second year as a #ChangeBandit. 10. Ready, set, action! We filmed commercials today on our campus. Check out our patient, Laine Goodyear, 4, as he rolls through our facility with a GoPro camera mounted on his wheelchair.