My 19-month-old son Kohen got MRSA from an infected pimple and needed emergency surgery. Thankfully, he recovered as fast as he fell sick. He was flown to Akron by the Air Bear flight team out of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Warren, Ohio. This was the first flight for both myself and my son, ever. From […]
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When 4-year-old Mason Sable was hospitalized for 2 weeks with a rare and very serious pneumonia in March, his parents, Joci and Rob, were already thinking about their plan to give back to the hospital once he got better. Then the perfect idea presented itself. “After Mason’s surgery, it was imperative for him to get […]
More than 2,000 miles separated Amy Tippets from her nearest family members when she and her husband, Trevor, received difficult news 16 weeks into their third pregnancy. Their in-utero daughter was diagnosed not only with Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), but with a congenital heart defect called AVSD that would require surgery soon after she was […]
You have to be tough to play center in football. You have to be really tough to play center while undergoing chemotherapy. Nathan Atterholt did just that 16 years ago. He played football and baseball for the Hillsdale High School Falcons in Ashland County. During his sophomore year in 2001, he developed swollen lymph nodes […]
Benjamin Dworning is just 10 and has already traveled to just about every corner of Ohio. Unfortunately, his travel has been for health care rather than fun and adventure. Ohio parents are blessed to have a network of nationally-ranked children’s hospitals – all within a few hours’ drive or less and Paul and Nicole (Nikki) […]
As Tessa Puma continues to recover from an infection that resulted in the amputation of one of her legs, animals with special needs have helped her every step of the way. Doggie Brigade handler Chris Witschey and her 3 dogs have been at her side throughout her recovery, and their assistance is especially important now, […]