In its 18th year, the 98.1 KDD “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon benefiting Akron Children’s Hospital surpassed the $10 million mark for money raised since the event began in 2000. This year’s 3-day radiothon raised $551,886 for Akron Children’s, $100,000 more than the amount raised in 2016. “We’re really appreciative that the […]
Akron Children's annual "Have a Heart, Do Your Part" Radiothon, presented by 98.1 WKDD, raises money to buy child-size equipment and to fund patient care, community outreach and research. Read the inspiring stories from this annual event, and share yours.
In just a matter of minutes, the Spicocchi family expanded its ranks from 4 to 9. Amie and Vince Spicocchi became the proud parents of quintuplets: 4 girls and a boy, all weighing less than 2 lbs. Their eyes were still fused shut, they could not breathe on their own and each had to […]
Makenzie Yovanovich was born with big brown eyes and a sweet disposition, but there was something about her tiny stature that had her parents worried. “She was sort of floppy, even for a newborn,” said Jennifer, Makenzie’s mom. “We could tell something wasn’t right so doctors started testing her right away to figure out […]
It started nearly 10 years ago when Caleb Thurman and his mom, Charice Fort, thought he had the stomach flu. But Caleb only continued to feel worse. After being referred to Akron Children’s Hospital, several tests revealed that Caleb had Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract. It’s an autoimmune condition with no […]
Katherine Schroeder was born with a hole in her heart and an abnormal valve, known as congenital heart disease. She then developed other heart defects. She had her first surgery at 1 month old, which repaired the hole in her heart. At 2 months, she had a metal valve put into her chest. And […]
Two years ago, Kendal Yovanovich started complaining of discomfort while playing sports. “At first we just thought she was complaining to get out of practice,” said mom, Jennifer. “She’d say her knees hurt or her ankles hurt it…When she started crying out in pain and didn’t want to play t-ball, which she loved, we […]