Young performer Connor McFalls has no doubt been told to “break a leg” before going on stage. But “cut a toe”? That’s what happened just 30 minutes before the 15 year old was to report to Weathervane Playhouse in Akron for an evening performance of “Bye, Bye Birdie.” Connor played Hugo Peabody, one of the […]
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For those who work at Akron Children’s, most will tell you there’s something special about working at the independent pediatric hospital. They can’t quite put their finger on what ‘it’ is, but perhaps ‘it’ comes from the satisfaction of knowing everyone – from parking attendants to surgeons – plays an active role in supporting patients. […]
For anyone who has witnessed the medical journey a baby goes through in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), there’s no denying it’s extraordinary. For Ted and Kathleen Ampazis of Wooster, their son’s NICU stay was like many – equal parts joy and worry – and also just the beginning of his remarkable achievements. Their […]
Maddie Binder made it to her 11th year before she had to go to the emergency room. But by the time she blew out the candles on her 12th birthday cake, she visited Akron Children’s Hospital emergency department three times – all for very different reasons. While her mom, Sarah, is hoping her daughter’s ER […]
When he’s feeling well, Joshua Forester is a funny 11-year-old who loves to read, write stories and ride his scooter. When migraines hit, they can sideline him for days. “Joshua started getting migraines at age 2,” his mom, Katy, said. “He would throw up and writhe on the floor in pain.” The migraines can affect […]
My 2-year-old daughter Addilinn was diagnosed April 13 with neruoblastoma cancer. She has to go through surgery, chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, radiation and therapy (at the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders). On July 30, we got the surgery behind us. Dr. Aaron Garrison removed as much as the tumor as […]