Nine years ago, Crystal White, was nearing her due date. Her pregnancy was going smoothly – no complications, no health issues – just one more routine test, group B streptococcus (GBS), prior to her baby’s arrival. The simple swab test, typically done between the 35th and 37th weeks of pregnancy, reveals if mom has a […]
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What do a 10-year-old cancer survivor and a 25-year-old UFC Bantamweight Champ have in common? A small town in Tuscarawas County, Ohio called Ulrichsville and a desire to help each other get through tough battles. Soon after Maddux Maple was diagnosed with acute lymphocyctic leukemia at age 5 in 2011, everyone in Ulrichsville knew the […]
When you find yourself spending a lot of time at your local children’s hospital, it naturally starts becoming a home away from home. Beres siblings, of Norton, have been at Akron Children’s quite a bit in December and January, with Will, 8, having a hospitalization and sister Lauren, 7, needing surgery. On the last day […]
Elijah Harper sat on the couch in his family’s Akron home, flipping a pencil end over end, moving it through the air to resemble a gymnast flipping across the floor. “He does this all the time,” said his mother, Pepin Harper. Elijah, 9, taught himself gymnastics by watching YouTube videos and tumbling in his backyard. […]
Scott Beal jokes that thanks to his son, he no longer has a name. “I’m not ‘Scott’ anymore,” he laughed. “I’m now just called ‘Spencer’s dad.’” Not that Scott or his wife, Brianna, mind. The story of their 7-year-old son has touched many families in the couple’s hometown of Dover, Ohio. Born with a form […]
Debby Rowland and Maddie Harrison have developed a bond over a well-loved piece of fabric. Debby, who started the non-profit Kids Capes of Courage, which sews “super-hero” style capes for children in need of some courage, met Maddie in 2015 and gave her a cape featuring a whimsical sock monkey print in teal, lime green […]