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Mom organizes a fun 5K to celebrate her daughter’s recovery, thank caregivers

Emily's mom is planning a joyful 5K race to celebrate her daughter's recovery and to thank Akron Children's PICU staff.

Almost a year to the date of her daughter’s hospitalization and struggle to survive a life-threatening case of encephalitis, Gretchen Naumoff is planning a joyous 5K race to celebrate life and thank the caregivers in Akron Children’s Hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.

Madelyne Goes to Washington

Not every kid gets such a close-up experience inside the U.S. Capitol.

Move over Mr. Smith. Madelyne Williams left her small but powerful mark on Capitol Hill yesterday and today. The 9 year old from Kent, Ohio, was Akron Children’s Hospital’s representative at the Children’s Hospital Association’s annual “Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day.”

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack

Take Me Out to the Ballgame event for cerebral palsy patients

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

Kent girl will take her zest for life to visit Capitol Hill

Madelyne Williams

The little girl who pushed herself out of her wheelchair to cross the finish line at the 2013 Cleveland Triathlon on her own 2 feet is ready for her next big adventure – meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Madelyne Williams, 9, of Kent, Ohio, will represent Akron Children’s Hospital at this year’s “Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day” June 24, sponsored by the Children’s Hospital Association.

Lean Six Sigma process gives neurology a new look

Young patients will be charmed by the fun wall art.

Akron Children’s neurology patients will notice a brighter “neighborhood” feel on their next visit with colorful tulips, trees and birds on the walls and, more importantly, a more efficient, streamlined flow for getting in and out of appointments. The redesign of the neurology department is just the start of massive remodeling of the hospital’s neurodevelopmental science center.

Teens get real Hollywood happy ending

Cancer survivors Alexis Hodges and C.J. Evans

You can always expect a lot of buzz when a best-selling novel is about to become a blockbuster movie. But when “The Fault in Our Stars” opens on the big screen on June 6, 2 of Akron Children’s patients will be caught up in the buzz a bit more than the rest of us. Cancer survivors Alexis Hodges, 19, and C.J. Evans, 17, have roles in the movie.