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.

13 year old with sickle cell disease commissioned as “Pilot for a Day”

Javionte Allen as Pilot for a Day

Watching her 13 year-old son, who’s battled Sickle Cell Disease since birth, be sworn in as an honorary second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force had Tia Allen beaming with pride this month at the 910th Airlift Wing in Vienna.

As the “Pilot for a Day,” Javionte Allen of Warren was given VIP treatment at the air base along with his mother and grandparents Lorayn Hughley, Stephanie Jordan and Ricky Hughley.

Showering expectant moms with knowledge, safety tips


Akron Children’s collaborated with Safe Kids Summit County and Summit County Public Health to present the 2nd Annual Baby Shower for high-risk expectant mothers recently.

Akron Children’s sees rise in respiratory infections


A spike in acute respiratory illness in children seems to be coinciding with the back-to-school season, and a small number of cases have been more severe.

Sen. Brown visits Akron Children’s, discusses legislation to help combat Ohio’s high infant mortality rates

Sen. Sherrod Brown listens to Dr. Elena Rossi during his visit to the Mahoning Valley.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown hosted a press conference at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley to announce the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act. This legislation is designed to standardize federal reporting of infant and childhood deaths as a way to improve prevention efforts.

8th annual Walk for Babies to take place Sept. 21

2013 Walk for Babies

The 8th annual Walk for Babies, which benefits the neonatal intensive car unit (NICU) at Akron Children’s Hospital, will take place at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Akron Zoo.

My newborn’s journey from open heart surgery to health


I smile whenever I watch my son, Christian, run, play or just be a normal toddler. It’s in these carefree moments that I reflect on how this energetic 2-year-old is not only my sweet, spunky and stubborn boy – he’s also my miracle. Because two years ago, he was in a fight for his life at Akron Children’s Hospital.