There’s a lot going on at Akron Children’s and in pediatric healthcare, in general, and this section is designed to help keep you in the know.

LOPen delivers smiles, rocks the night away

Brother Trouble played an impromptu concert for patients in our cancer and blood disorders clinic.

What originally began in 2003 as a golf outing to raise awareness for Akron Children’s Hospital has raised more than $500,000 for our Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. Now in its 13th year, the annual LOPen charity event, created by Phil Lopez and Brad Croce, once again featured live concerts and […]

Through the lens of a child

Dr. Jeffrey Hord and Cael Williams

What happens when you give pediatric cancer patients a camera and the skills to use it? Answer: A gallery of self-expressive photos that speak volumes about how a child views the world. Thanks to a grant from the LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project, patients at Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders […]

Youngstown patient represents Akron Children’s on Capitol Hill at Advocacy Day


Despite all his medical complications and the exhausting days of surgeries and treatments he’s endured, three year-old Chase Flaherty’s eyes open wide and he flashes a smile when his favorite song, Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger,” is within earshot.

Matthew Dellavedova inspires cancer patient after escorting her to prom


No one roots harder for Cavaliers’ point guard Matthew Dellavedova than Jackson High School senior Jackie Custer. Dellavedova was her prom escort in March at the Prom to Remember, after all.

Photo gallery: 2015 Kids Are Number One Run

Doggie cam

More than 1,000 runners, walkers and dogs participated in the day’s festivities, and many more friends and family members joined them for the fun and fitness-oriented activities in Perkins Square Park. The event raised $10,000 for Akron Children’s social work department and a picnic for patients and families affected by cerebral palsy. If you were […]

New special care nursery in Warren enables family to stay close to home


Being close to home has many advantages. Especially when you’re a new, first-time mother with a newborn in compromised health. Kara Stan and Matthew DiBattiste’s little boy, Jude DiBattiste, was the first patient in the newly opened Akron Children’s Hospital special care nursery inside St. Joseph Warren Hospital. And the facility’s proximity to Stan’s home […]