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Doggie Brigade visits offer special treat for speech therapy patients

Roxie with kids at speech therapy

When you’re a fourth-grader who struggles with reading and writing, going to speech therapy to sharpen those skills after being in school all day may be the last place you want to be. That is, unless your speech pathologist uses the power of animal magnetism to help make learning fun.

Roxie the basset hound is a howling success

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While the only game Roxie tracks in the hospital is of the Chutes & Ladders and Candy Land variety, this basset hound is a winner with our patients. Roxie is the lone basset hound in the Doggie Brigade.

Standing tall: Scoliosis surgeries help straighten severe curvature of 10 year old’s spine

Shannon is now 2 1/2 inches taller after Dr. Bono (right) performed her scoliosis surgeries.

Shannon Stapleton, of Mansfield, was diagnosed with scoliosis about 2 years ago when her cardiologist C.R. Patel noticed the “S” curve of her spine during an annual appointment. He referred her to Dr. Kenneth Bono, who diagnosed her with a nearly 100-degree curvature.

Puppy love, Sammy style

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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.

Fire Truck Day makes a splash for childhood burn survivors

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Fire Truck Day is a long standing tradition of the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children (ACBC) Camp as fire trucks from all over the region gather at Portage Lakes State Park to make a giant splash and suds party for children who’ve been treated in Akron Children’s burn center.

The unsinkable Molly Frey, lifts the mood of patients with her Yorkie-Poo charm

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It’s impossible to have sinking spirits when Molly is on the scene. One of our newest Doggie Brigade members, this little Yorkie-Poo is big on personality. Her handlers are Brent and Dot Frey, of Clinton, and they couldn’t be more pleased to share their beautiful girl with the patients at Akron Children’s Hospital.