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Air Bear®, Ohio’s first and only pediatric-dedicated transport helicopter, has been a great addition to Akron Children’s transport team. Since 2008, Air Bear has transported more than 1,000 patients to our downtown Akron campus.

Happy 5th birthday, Air Bear!

Air-Bear

How many other 5 year olds can boast they’ve helped save lives of thousands of children? Since joining our transport team in November 2008, Air Bear, Akron Children’s pediatric medical transport helicopter, has managed to make a huge impact in the region.

Akron Children’s well worth the long drive

Kegan, Braxton and Neviene.

Fourteen years ago I was a young mother of my first child. After an emergency c-section, Kegan was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital for respiratory problems.

Santa’s ‘Flight before Christmas’ brings smiles to those in need of cheer

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Akron Children’s Air Bear is accustomed to transporting very precious cargo, and the morning of Christmas Eve was no different. It safely brought Santa and Mrs. Claus to visit with our patients during his annual “Flight before Christmas.” A few braved the below-freezing temperatures outside to see the medical helicopter land in the hospital’s Perkins […]

WKDD Kidz Day: Smiles, giggles and tired little legs

Showing their Akron Children's pride with Bambino logo and Radiothon tattoos.

We would be willing to bet a lot of kids slept the whole way home from Saturday’s 98.1 WKDD Kidz Day at Boettler Park in Green. About 12,000 people came to enjoy non-stop entertainment – just as the radio station promised.

Hard at work with Mom, Dad and other Children’s pros

For National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, the kids got to see a demonstration of how to suture using a pig's foot.

It was an exciting Thursday morning for 45 kids who got a behind-the-scenes look of the hospital that cares for their sick or injured classmates. The 8 to 12 year olds also spent the afternoon with mom or dad in the department they call “home” for many hours each week. The National Take Our Daughters […]

Providing stable support both on and off the ground

Mitchell Holley, a chaplain at Akron Children's Hospital, sits with a patient during his shift with Air Bear.

It takes a lot for parents to remain calm when their child is in a life or death situation, especially when it involves their child being transported in a helicopter. Mitchell Holley, a chaplain at Akron Children’s Hospital, is able to be a comforting presence for patients, families and even the crew during their time of need.