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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.

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.

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.