RubberDucks are a huge hit with our patients

The RubberDucks invited Isaac, 11, and all other patients to a home game when they are feeling better.

Akron Children’s Hospital and Canal Park are separated only by the Ohio & Erie Canal. So it has become a regular treat to see members of the Double A Akron RubberDucks stroll over the canal bridge to visit our patients – with souvenir bats in tow. Their most recent visit on June 19 included pitcher […]

Staff Picks: Free (or almost free) summer fun

With a playground and vintage amusement rides, Tuscora Park is a favorite destination for the Neidermeyer family.

The kids have been on summer break for about 2 weeks, and I’m guessing most parents have already heard those dreaded 2 words, “I’m bored.” Don’t fret. Boredom is actually quite good for kids and may, according to parent experts, be the best way to inspire creativity and promote self-reliance. But with the unstructured weeks ahead, […]

‘Max & Ruby’ author visits Akron Children’s Hospital

Daily Dose of Reading: Partnering to Promote Early Literacy

Several dozen pre-school children came to Akron Children’s Hospital to listen, sing, follow the leader, and celebrate all things literary with children’s book author Rosemary Wells.

Ultramarathon runner will go the distance for childhood cancer

Larry DeWitt  at the Leadville Race Series

Endurance athlete Larry DeWitt plans to run the Burning River 100, a 100-mile trail race through northeast Ohio, on July 25-26 in honor of Ben O’Daniel and to raise funds for Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. Ben, 16, has been in the care of the Showers Center since being diagnosed with leukemia 3 years ago.

Prom and end of school year can be stressful for teens


In the weeks leading up to prom and the end of the school year, Akron Children’s Hospital’s mental health providers often see an uptick in calls, appointments and hospital admissions.

Sickle cell patients need community support at Be a Lifesaver event May 30

Ava and Olivia

Megan Lancaster, of Canton, has adorable twins, Ava and Olivia. At 14 months, they’re crawling and cruising, trying hard to become toddlers. They are healthy for now. But having been diagnosed with sickle cell disease just after birth, the little girls could have their first painful, sickle cell health emergency any time now. Like all […]