Research studies aim to advance diabetes treatment

Juvenile diabetes mellitus type 1

You may already know that Akron Children’s Hospital is the largest pediatric healthcare provider in Northeast Ohio. But you might not realize that it is also at the forefront of research, with the ability to make significant healthcare advances for infants, children and adolescents through scientific discovery and creativity.

Palliative care eases the burden for Akron family


In the spring of 2013, Sandi and David Cleavenger anxiously awaited the birth of their first child. Jack arrived prematurely, and soon after, his parents learned he had a problem with his heart. He was also born with Down syndrome. The couple was shocked by the news.

Poland girl shares “Pilot for a Day” experience with Air Force veteran grandfather

Pilot for a Day Celina Dennis

You can’t blame Celina Dennis for having a hard time pinpointing the best part of her “Pilot for a Day” experience at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station this week. Since June 2000, the Pilot for a Day program has given more than 60 children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses an opportunity to meet Reservists and receive a VIP, behind-the-scenes air base experience.

Girseal Dixon hits the ground running as Beeghly campus’ first “Foster Grandparent”

Volunteer Girseal Dixon

Girseal Dixon has spent a lifetime raising and working with children. She’s been a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a foster parent, a school lunchroom aide, a daycare owner and a scout leader. And each child, she says, has been a blessing. Now Dixon is the Beeghly campus’ first “Foster Grandparent,” a pilot program launched […]

Annual toy drive raises spirits, brings fun and games to the Valley

YSU student Tabitha holds toy drive

There’s nothing like a new toy to brighten a child’s day. For a sick or injured child at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, toys also bring a sense of comfort – momentarily taking a child outside the walls of their hospital room to help them feel like a kid again.

Vote for Tyler and help Akron Children’s win $20,000


A contest could yield a $20,000 donation to Akron Children’s Hospital – but we need your help!