Toys R Us shopping spree kicks off season of giving

The “Force” was clearly with Bobby Ina on a recent morning as he and a group of friends and clients gathered at the Montrose Toys R Us store to drop $6,000 on toys for patients of Akron Children, including Star Wars Legos and the other items expected to top wish lists this holiday season.

Hiking, hayrides, pumpkin patches & football top our lists of fall favorites

There’s still time to get your fall fix. But, don’t wait. It’s fleeting. Winter is around the corner … and Count Chocula is only on the shelves for a limited time. Akron Children’s employees share their own fall favorite things:

For this ultimate ‘Full House’ fan, the goal is to live life to the fullest

Whenever 17-year-old Lexi Krosky fires up an episode of Full House on her iPad, she knows it makes her happy. She is the ultimate Full House fan and cannot be beat when it comes to trivia about plot lines, the characters and the stars who portray them. Before the iPad, she wore through several DVD sets of the complete series.

As Kylie Rose kicks cancer, grandfather pens her story to help others

Kylie Rose Kickin’ Cancer is a 26-page paperback featuring illustrations by Bree Young and photos of Kylie and some of her own thoughts. For example, next to a photo of Kylie undergoing radiation is a note in her own handwriting which says, “I had to stay still.”

Baby Isaiah’s clubfoot is in the best of hands

Over the course of his career, pediatric orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Schrader has treated hundreds of children with clubfoot. So some might say it was ironic when his daughter, Laura Dickson, pregnant with his first grandchild, told him her baby, Isaiah, would be born with clubfoot.

Staff picks: From math to writing, these apps make learning fun

Kids are drawn to shiny, colorful, interactive smartphones and tablets just like their parents. That’s why I asked some of our employees who work with children to recommend their favorite apps for learning.