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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.

Treasuring Levi’s “discharge day” from the NICU

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Our son, Levi, was born one month early via emergency C-section on April 1. He was resuscitated at birth and transported immediately from Akron General to Akron Children’s Hospital, where he received Cold Cap therapy for 72 hours.

A girl & her dog: This dynamic duo fights back against diabetes

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Like any person with type 1 diabetes, Brianna Carr experiences quick changes in her blood sugar levels. The otherwise healthy, active 12 year old has her parents, Brad and Heather, and her medical team to help monitor her illness. She also has Rosie, a yellow Labrador retriever trained to recognize and alert others whenever Brianna’s blood sugar becomes too high or too low.

Akron Children’s is like family – a life-saving family

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We are so thankful for all of the care we got at Akron Children’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Center while I was pregnant with our son, Gabriel. When I was 30 weeks along in my pregnancy, I didn’t feel any movement. My OB did a non stress test and could barely capture his heart. His heart rate looked like Arabic on paper.

Bekah-proofing Sam

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I’ve recently come to the realization that babyproofing with a 2 year old in the house is a nearly impossible task. You’d think that since Sam is baby number 2 to come through the house we’d have everything totally babyproofed already.

After surviving childhood cancer, running marathons is my way to give back

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I had a recurring dream when I was a 15 year old being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Akron Children’s Hospital in the winter of 1991. In the dream, I was running, faster than I ever had before. The dream no doubt stemmed from the fact that I was entirely immobile, or at least had decided to be, in the midst of a barrage of chemotherapy treatments.

Adaptive sports program gives son and others with physical disabilities competitive outlet

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My son Casey was born with spina bifida, a disability that caused paralysis in his legs. He was competitive and athletic as a toddler but was not able to participate in typical sports because of his disability. Through adaptive/paralympic sports, Casey found the competitive outlet he craved.