Lori and Oscar Hoit of Austintown are still waiting for their “new normal” to kick in after their son, Connor, was diagnosed with leukemia last year. Until then, it’s one day at a time, if not one second at a time, as they try to adjust to their new lives as parents of a child […]
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.
Five-year-old Eva Xu’s mother called her daughter’s cancer diagnosis a ‘blessing in disguise’ for how it brought their family closer and exposed an inner strength they didn’t realize they had. “Even though it’s a horrible thing, it all depends on how you look at it,” said Eva’s mother, Michelle Chen of Youngstown. “We’ve grown so […]
It may not be a chocolate factory, but cancer patient Eva DeVenture enjoyed a Golden Ticket Experience at Chill Ice Cream in Akron. The 10-year-old from Tallmadge combined the key ingredients to make 3 gallons to take home. How cool is that?! During a contest for patients in our Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer […]
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 […]
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 […]