Marcia Miller appreciates the simple things in life: baking lemon blueberry bread, tending to her fairy garden, playing the piano with her daughter, watching her grandsons play soccer, and snuggling up with her beloved toy poodle Mickey. At age 64 and with cystic fibrosis, Marcia knows she has defied the odds and shouldn’t even be […]
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Childhood cancer can change a lot of things, but for Jackie Custer of Canton, the changes she speaks of aren’t about hair loss or rashes, they’re about family and strength. “I remember that (being diagnosed) day like it was yesterday,” said Jackie. “My parents were pulled out of the room … when they returned my […]
Tyler Jordan’s family first came to Akron Children’s when he was 8 years old to be treated for cerebral palsy, because its Boardman location was close to their home in Niles. His mom, Glenna, remembers being told when Tyler was born that he would never walk, talk, etc. We are happy to say Tyler, now […]
Breanna Coonce knew something was up when she got home from school and saw a bunch of cars in the driveway. Inside the house were several family members, all standing in silence with worried looks on their faces. “What’s going on?” she asked. And there it was. A few days earlier, she’d visited Akron Children’s […]
Fun-loving and easygoing – that’s Tyler Stratton. These traits helped him overcome many hurdles, and made him a favorite patient of his doctor and the staff at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. Born with a congenital shortening in his left femur, or thighbone, Tyler had a 5-centimeter difference in his leg lengths. To correct the […]
After years of trying to have a baby, my husband and I found out we were pregnant in June of 2015. We were beyond excited! I had to go to the doctor a lot because of my age and blood pressure – I was over 35 with high blood pressure. In September, we found out 2 […]