I remember the excitement of my high school and college graduations. I was also excited (and a little sad) to watch Bekah this past spring as she graduated from preschool. So far, though, no graduation has surpassed the amazing (and a little scary) feeling of the day we brought home our NICU graduate. Looking back […]
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When the alarm on her mom’s phone goes off, Maritza reaches for her little pill case and, without water or complaint, pops medicine in her mouth and picks right back up with the conversation. “We call this our new normal,” explains Kara Harper, Maritza’s mom. “Life will never be the way it was before dialysis […]
Donovan Bellamy’s life is anything but typical for a 9-year-old boy. Once a week, the Youngstown 4th grader can be found at Akron Children’s Hospital’s Beeghly campus receiving an 8-hour-long infusion treatment for a rare genetic disorder. This past Monday, however, Bellamy was treated to a special experience at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station as […]
For college students Richie Holben and Julia Rhoad, spending 3 days at Camp Y-Noah each summer was a childhood ritual. Away from their parents’ watchful eyes, they looked forward to the usual camping activities and creating memories with friends, but they also relished the time they spent with other kids who were just like them […]
Barbara Burdette was in the room when her first grandchild, a boy named Dawson, took his first breath when he was born in 2001. 14 years later she was holding him when he took his last breath after a 5-year cancer battle. An only child, Dawson loved baseball, swimming and riding his bike. “He was […]
This is 6-year-old Josephine Brannan – a 29-weeker who spent her first 9 weeks at your NICU. Your care seems to have rubbed off on her. She spent FOREVER playing in your exhibit at the Akron Children’s Museum, and, to me, she looks totally natural. She wants to be a “baby doctor” or a veterinarian […]