When Parker Ruff was 9 months old, doctors discovered an orange-sized tumor around his kidney and diagnosed him with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that almost always affects infants and young children. “He had to have surgery to remove the tumor and they ended up having to also remove his left kidney and left […]
Meet some of our cancer and blood disorder patients and learn about the Akron Children's Hospital Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.
What do a 10-year-old cancer survivor and a 25-year-old UFC Bantamweight Champ have in common? A small town in Tuscarawas County, Ohio called Uhrichsville and a desire to help each other get through tough battles. Soon after Maddux Maple was diagnosed with acute lymphocyctic leukemia at age 5 in 2011, everyone in Uhrichsville knew the […]
When 12-year-old Daniel Colaner sits in front of the piano and plays Bach or Tchaikovsky, his mother, Marie, takes in every note and thinks about her blessings. Daniel is a child prodigy on piano. But when he was 6 months old, Marie and her husband, Dan, feared their only child would not live to see […]
Like many children who have experienced a serious illness, Tulasha Prasai wants to be a doctor or nurse when she grows up. In December 2014, Tulasha, 10, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). She received high-intensity chemotherapy in Akron Children’s Hospital’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. Tulasha and her family […]
Childhood cancer can change a lot of things, but for Jackie Custer of Canton, the changes she speaks of aren’t about hair loss or rashes, they’re about family and strength. “I remember that (being diagnosed) day like it was yesterday,” said Jackie. “My parents were pulled out of the room … when they returned my […]
This past Sunday’s Mahoning Valley Scrappers game featured a balloon launch by Akron Children’s cancer and blood disorder patients and ceremonial first pitch by 12 year-old cancer survivor Owen Waller. The festivities were part of the 5th annual Kids Hematology/Oncology Awareness Celebration at Eastwood Field in Niles. The event kicked off National Childhood Cancer and […]