It started nearly 10 years ago when Caleb Thurman and his mom, Charice Fort, thought he had the stomach flu. But Caleb only continued to feel worse. After being referred to Akron Children’s Hospital, several tests revealed that Caleb had Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract. It’s an autoimmune condition with no […]
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Katherine Schroeder was born with a hole in her heart and an abnormal valve, known as congenital heart disease. She then developed other heart defects. She had her first surgery at 1 month old, which repaired the hole in her heart. At 2 months, she had a metal valve put into her chest. And […]
Two years ago, Kendal Yovanovich started complaining of discomfort while playing sports. “At first we just thought she was complaining to get out of practice,” said mom, Jennifer. “She’d say her knees hurt or her ankles hurt it…When she started crying out in pain and didn’t want to play t-ball, which she loved, we […]
“The last thing I told Colin was don’t forget your helmet,” said Molly Burdette, Colin’s mom. Little did she know that helmet would save Colin’s life later that day. Colin, an avid ATV rider, took to the trails near his house with a couple groups of friends. As Colin rounded a turn so did […]
My name is Leslie, and this is my story. In March of 2015, I was involved in a minor car accident. It left me with a hidden shoulder injury that took away some of my strength, mobility and the ability to complete normal activities on a daily basis. I competed on the girl’s tennis team […]
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 […]