On Feb. 6, 2010, I turned 14 years old. On this day, as I opened my cards full of cash I knew exactly what I wanted for my birthday. I took all of the money I received and donated it to the “Have a Part, Do Your Part” Radiothon. This meant that all of the […]
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Matt and Mallory Beres keep a large black-and-white photo taken shortly after their 9-month-old son, Fitz, emerged from surgery in December. In the photo, Mallory is hunched over a hospital crib cocooning Fitz, who had been under anesthesia for 8 hours as surgeons reconstructed the front of his skull. Mallory wanted to make sure Fitz […]
Third-grader Layla Popik bounded through the front door of her suburban Cleveland home after the school bus dropped her off. She settled in at the kitchen table with a juice box and an iPad, and chatted easily with her parents, as if she’s been doing this forever. Adopted from China just over a year ago, […]
Reflecting on our past 18 months and the many hours that sometimes, turned into days, I feel today with my 6-year-old daughter Ava how much Akron Children’s Hospital has meant to our family! We were sitting in her pre op appt this morning (Thursday, Dec. 28) and were discussing an upcoming procedure that she will […]
To 19-year-old Maggie Doran, the annual Akron Children’s Hospital Charity Ball was a special night where she got to dress up in a formal gown, put on white gloves and pearls, and waltz with her dad, David. To Maggie’s mom, Elizabeth, the Charity Ball was much more than that. It represented another step toward acceptance […]
When Aiden Thompson takes to the baseball field, he not only looks like he belongs there, he plays like he belongs there. Aiden is a natural athlete who happens to wear a prosthesis, as well as a pair of cleats, but one would never know thanks to a decision his parents made long before his […]