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On any given day, you’ll see more than doctors and nurses making rounds to patient rooms. You’ll see dogs, cookie carts, even a miniature pony. Not to mention, the most colorful, kid-friendly helicopter around. This is the lighter side of care at Akron Children’s.

The world is full of wonder: a message reinforced on the Polar Express

2014 Polar Express

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad made 2 train cars available for patient families of Akron Children’s so they could enjoy the wonder of the “Polar Express.”

Doggie Brigade visits offer special treat for speech therapy patients

Roxie with kids at speech therapy

When you’re a fourth-grader who struggles with reading and writing, going to speech therapy to sharpen those skills after being in school all day may be the last place you want to be. That is, unless your speech pathologist uses the power of animal magnetism to help make learning fun.

Niles boy with leukemia flies high as “Pilot for a Day”

Sypert_pilot for day_4_headset

It was a day of non-stop grinning for 11 year-old Jacob Sypert from Niles, the latest “Pilot for a Day” at the 910th Airlift Wing in Vienna.

Parent Courtesy Cart brings comfort to patient families

Nicole Meta (left) and Christa Coleman-Ng with the Courtesy Cart

The Parent Courtesy Cart on the Beeghly campus is staff by volunteers from the Parent Advisory Council. They visit both the pediatric floor and the Special Care Nursery with juice, coffee, and snacks for the families.

It’s hard not to fall in love with these free-falling teddy bears

Bears & humans make a fun free-fall team.

From hand-crocheted blankets to the toys paid for by a child’s birthday money, many of the donations that come to patients at Akron Children’s Hospital have interesting and heart-felt back stories. But several hundred teddy bears the hospital recently received get top honors for the donations arriving by the most circuitous route.

Back by popular demand: Racing for Kids returns to Akron Children’s Hospital

Cy'Aire King shows he has what it takes to race cars.

After a successful visit in August with veteran IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter, Racing for Kids stopped the races and popped in for another visit at Akron Children’s Hospital. But this time around, Racing for Kids shook things up and joined forces with Historic Sportscar Racing.