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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.

Roxie the basset hound is a howling success

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While the only game Roxie tracks in the hospital is of the Chutes & Ladders and Candy Land variety, this basset hound is a winner with our patients. Roxie is the lone basset hound in the Doggie Brigade.

Under the Sea: Kay Jewelers team treats patients to underwater-themed adventure

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Sea creatures, sunshine and smiles were on hand recently when Akron Children’s patients and their families were treated to an aquatic-themed carnival in the Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center.

Puppy love, Sammy style

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Sammy, loved and handled by Barbara McKelvey, loves his position as an official Doggie Brigader. And the feeling is mutual for Shannon Bitskay, a 13 year old undergoing treatment for lymphoma.

Fire Truck Day makes a splash for childhood burn survivors

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Fire Truck Day is a long standing tradition of the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children (ACBC) Camp as fire trucks from all over the region gather at Portage Lakes State Park to make a giant splash and suds party for children who’ve been treated in Akron Children’s burn center.

The unsinkable Molly Frey, lifts the mood of patients with her Yorkie-Poo charm

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It’s impossible to have sinking spirits when Molly is on the scene. One of our newest Doggie Brigade members, this little Yorkie-Poo is big on personality. Her handlers are Brent and Dot Frey, of Clinton, and they couldn’t be more pleased to share their beautiful girl with the patients at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Racing for Kids revs up smiles

Race car driver Ed Carpenter and Fire Hawk visit with patient William and his brother.

Patients at Akron Children’s Hospital were delighted to receive a visit from IndyCar Series veteran driver Ed Carpenter and Fire Hawk through Racing for Kids.