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Bekah LOVES getting blood work done

Smiling while she waits at Dr. Lawhon's office.

After an unpleasant (thanks to an unruly toddler) trip to the eye doctor in January, I was not looking forward to our most recent visit with Dr. Lawhon.

Oncology staff treated son like their own


On Oct. 7, 2013, our son, Greggory, was admitted to a bone marrow transplant (BMT) room on Akron Children’s cancer unit. That’s where he stayed until Nov. 20.

Surviving with Prader Willi syndrome

Saige has Prader Willi syndrome

Saige was diagnosed at 2 weeks with Prader Willi Syndrome. It is a deletion of part of the paternal 15th chromosome. She will remain hypotonic, and sleepy for approximately a year, then soon after it will be a complete turn and she will be starving! Always!

Sibling Revelry: Jordan dotes on little Gabby Gi Gi


God has graced us with 2 amazing kiddos. I am overwhelmed by watching Jordan smother his little “Gabbi, Gi Gi” with hugs and kisses. There isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t ask to hold his sister. Then looking at little Gabriella gaze at her hero causes me to pray that these times only increase with age.

Baby with cancer inspires hope in family and community (Videos)


Torence Thomas was diagnosed with cancer at 3 months old. He underwent his last chemotherapy treatment at 5 months, and today he’s in remission. His story has captured the hearts of the Mahoning Valley community.

The first of many doctor appointments

Newborn pictures-roses

One week after my daughter was born with Down syndrome and a heart defect, we began the many trips to doctors. The first appointment was with Harper’s pediatrician. We drove down the street to the Green ACHP office, where we met the new doctor at the practice, Dr. Jennifer Snyder.