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Heading back to school with a plan for migraine prevention

Scholar athlete Anna Rosenthal will begin her freshman year at Copley High School this week with a plan in her pocket to combat the severe migraines that caused her to miss 10 percent of 8th grade last year.

Courageous kindergartner battles back from multiple open heart surgeries

Starting school was the furthest thing from Anita Brainard’s mind as she reflected on her son Rian’s life to this point – 4 open heart surgeries, multiple setbacks and recoveries, visions of him with oxygen tubes and other breathing treatment devices, and countless hospital visits all before his fifth birthday.

Heading back to school with self-esteem in place

Elijah Bell was born 8 years ago without ears, but you would never know that by looking at him today. His ear transformation has taken place over the past 3 years as he has undergone 5 surgeries with Dr. Ananth Murthy, who uses cartilage from Elijah’s own rib cage to craft the ears.

Nurse switches roles, learns what life is like as a patient family

Sarah and her husband, Zach, were already parents to 3-year-old Chloe when they learned she was pregnant with a second daughter. But 3 weeks after her 19-week ultrasound, their world came crashing down when they learned their unborn baby had a series of complex congenital heart defects.

Miracles happen here every day; Dr. Hertle is one

When I read about the work that Dr. Richard Hertle did for the children with vision problems in India, it hit home to me how fortunate we are to have him caring for my son Hunter’s eyesight. This access to excellent care in our backyard is the small miracle.

Akron Children’s ambulance is one of the most beautiful vehicles on earth

I grew up seeing cars every day. My dad owns an auto body repair shop. But there is vehicle that always stops me in my tracks, brings a tear to my eye, and a prayer to my heart – Akron Children’s transport van.