Scott Beal jokes that thanks to his son, he no longer has a name. “I’m not ‘Scott’ anymore,” he laughed. “I’m now just called ‘Spencer’s dad.’” Not that Scott or his wife, Brianna, mind. The story of their 7-year-old son has touched many families in the couple’s hometown of Dover, Ohio. Born with a form […]
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.
The Mahoning Valley once again made “miracles” possible for children and families. The community raised $248,036 for Akron Children’s Hospital during the annual Miracles and Promises Radiothon. It brings the event’s 8-year total to $1.5 million. Broadcast live from Mix 98.9 and 570 WKBN Sept. 21-23, hospital patients and families shared their stories of hope and […]
Tyler Jordan’s family first came to Akron Children’s when he was 8 years old to be treated for cerebral palsy, because its Boardman location was close to their home in Niles. His mom, Glenna, remembers being told when Tyler was born that he would never walk, talk, etc. We are happy to say Tyler, now […]
Breanna Coonce knew something was up when she got home from school and saw a bunch of cars in the driveway. Inside the house were several family members, all standing in silence with worried looks on their faces. “What’s going on?” she asked. And there it was. A few days earlier, she’d visited Akron Children’s […]
Fun-loving and easygoing – that’s Tyler Stratton. These traits helped him overcome many hurdles, and made him a favorite patient of his doctor and the staff at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. Born with a congenital shortening in his left femur, or thighbone, Tyler had a 5-centimeter difference in his leg lengths. To correct the […]
A child frolicking in a kiddie pool is usually a comforting sign of summer. For the Rupp family, it started an unexpected journey into a rare disorder. Austin Rupp was a typical 21-month-old boy in that pool last July, until he fell down and his leg twisted into an unnatural shape. Austin’s father, Drew Rupp, […]