Before heading to her Firestone High School commencement at E.J. Thomas Hall tonight, Abigail Ernst had to stop by and visit the person she believes got her to graduation: Dr. M. Cristina Victorio, her Akron Children’s neurologist. “I honestly don’t think I would be here without her,” said Abby, 18. Since age 12, Abby has […]
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June 5, 2014 is when my whole life changed. That’s the day I was diagnosed with cancer. My name is Jackie Custer, and I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL, which is a childhood cancer of the bone marrow and blood) when I was 16 years old. (Read more about her treatment in this […]
Hannah Ohman has a new focus as she returns to compete in the 2018 OHSAA Track & Field State Championships tomorrow at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. The St. Thomas Aquinas junior will be thinking about breathing from her abdomen after extensive medical testing indicates Hannah has exercise-induced hyperventilation due to vocal cord […]
Last July, Stephanie Stoudmire of Canton got news she never imagined possible. She was pregnant. At 38, she had 2 children and 3 stepchildren, and just started a new job as a scheduler for a fire-protection company. After the birth of daughter, Malia, 2 years ago, Stephanie underwent tubal ligation — one of the most […]
Say hello to this beautiful, 5-year-old boy from Haiti. He has a chance to live thanks to many caring people coming together at the perfect time from all over the world, including nurses and doctors in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Akron and hospital administration. Director Dr. Jeffrey Kempf says our Global Health team […]
I had a gut feeling at home that something was wrong with my 10-week-old son, Malachi, so I had my husband, Kyle, go check on him. He brought Malachi to me — barely breathing and lifeless. Both of us are in the medical field — I’m a nurse, and he’s a EMT/firefighter. It’s hard to separate […]