For many children, regardless of how often they have been to Akron Children’s, there may still be a moment of apprehension and uncertainty as they decide between the Spiderman or My Little Pony sticker during a stop at one of our visitor desks. Undoubtedly, it’s a scene repeated many times each day. In 2017, more […]
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Julie Gnap will never forget the day when three small letters – SMA – made such a big impact on her life and the lives of the 2 people she loves most in the world, her daughter, Olivia, and son, Caleb. It was March 24, 2011, when Olivia, then age 4, was diagnosed with spinal […]
Ja’Vien Bailey had 2 guardian angels watching over him last weekend – a pair of strangers who were in the right place at the right time and, critically, one of them had CPR training. The 5-year-old boy from Youngstown was enjoying a pool/sleep-over party at a hotel in Niles, Ohio, on Saturday night celebrating his […]
Two Akron Children’s therapists received one of the most heartfelt forms of appreciation of their careers when a father, who had just returned home from deployment overseas, presented them each with American flags which were flown over a combat mission into Iraq and Syria in their honor. Jamie Bass, an occupational therapist, and Sarah Robbins, […]
At her last ice dancing competition of the 2016 spring season, teenager Sadie Woodruff of North Canton captured No. 1 in the Midwest at her level. The next day, Sadie lay in an ambulance speeding to Akron Children’s Hospital, with second-degree burns on both feet. She and her younger sister had been making beignets in […]
Let’s all wish Tzakary Rainsberg a happy homecoming day. Tzak, 16, of Dellroy is going home after a 2-week hospitalization and he is going home breathing on his own. Having his tracheostomy tube removed was yet another big milestone for Tzak, who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he, his older sister, Abigail, and a […]