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At Akron Children’s, we believe in the power of personal stories to provide support and inspiration. We encourage you to share how we’ve touched you and your family, and by doing so, allow our online community to learn from your experiences.

Emily Patterson is Scoliosis Strong

Emily Patterson

Emily Patterson turned her deep thoughts, wisdom and experiences since being diagnosed with scoliosis 3 years ago into a piece of art that’s an inspiration to others. The poster, entitled Scoliosis Strong, is a series of encouraging words wrapped around a picture of an S-shaped spine, representing the curve of her own backbone.

Childhood cancer survivor and her sister donate toys, games and hope to Akron Children’s patients

Five years after being diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, 10-year-old Mariah Leskovac is cancer-free and still remembers her hospital experiences. Those experiences are what made her want to give back.

Born at 27 weeks gestation, twins thrive after spending months in NICU

Livvi and Henry at first birthday party

My twins, Henry and Olivia, were born on Sept. 23, 2013. They came into this world at the small hospital in my town at 27-weeks gestational age. Henry was born after one hour of labor and weighed 2 lbs., 13 oz. Livvi was more stubborn and the doctors had to perform an emergency C-section.

A long 87 days in the NICU

Sariah Lynn at 8 months

When I was only 6 months pregnant, I went to Akron City Hospital’s ER because I was in so much pain and was admitted due to high blood pressure. As it turns out, I had severe pre-eclampsia.

Abby’s story – looking back at 5 years of change, hope and healing

Within a weekend, my daughter went from an active high school senior to being diagnosed with a rare and serious disorder in 2009.

Toddler thriving, thanks to Akron Children’s Hospital

carter-carpenter

My son, Carter, was born 12 weeks early on June 13, 2012. He was airlifted from MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield to Akron Children’s Hospital. I didn’t have any complications during my pregnancy and we don’t know why he was born prematurely.