Sammy, loved and handled by Barbara McKelvey, loves his position as an official Doggie Brigader. And the feeling is mutual for Shannon Bitskay, a 13 year old undergoing treatment for lymphoma.
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Veteran Akron Children’s Doggie Brigade™ handler Bernie Schwartz smiles as he pets the glossy coat of his black Labrador retriever, Maddie. “This is the best job I’ve ever had, and I’ve never made a dime,” he laughed. Schwartz joined Doggie Brigade in 1992, when former director of volunteer services Marilyn McGuckin lead the efforts to […]
When Connie Platten looks at the 2016 high school graduation photo of her daughter, Amber Haze Harper, she sees a girl who beat long odds to wear a cap and gown. “Graduation was a milestone nobody expected,” Connie said. “She’s a miracle.” In 2009, Amber was diagnosed with an aggressive type of leukemia at Akron […]
The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced this week it’s adopting recent recommendations from the National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion Summit Task Force to reduce the risk of concussion and head impact exposure.
Recent studies have shown the cumulative effect of taking multiple hits to the head increases a player’s risk for a concussion.
In high-intensity, contact sports like hockey and football, rib injuries can be a common occurrence. Thankfully, Cleveland Browns players have skirted these injuries in recent years, but rookie receiver Sammy Watkins of the Buffalo Bills suffered through one in mid August.
I am so used to seeing Bekah’s faint little open heart surgery scar on her chest that now I feel like something is missing when I see Sam.