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Performances highlight the many talents of our Expressive Therapy patients (Photo gallery)

Dance Unlimited dancer Maya Carder

About 150 people enjoyed the music, art and dancing provided by our patients and their art therapists at Akron Children’s Expressive Therapy open house. For some of the kids, who struggle with chronic illnesses that keep them hospitalized much of the year, the open house gives them an opportunity to participate in a recital, an event many typical kids take for granted.

Dance class offers fun, friendship and therapy to kids with special needs (Photo Gallery, Video)

Every Wednesday evening, dancers of all ability levels and both genders assemble in the Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy under the direction of the cheerful, effervescent Lightfoot. Don’t tell the kids, but they are having a therapy session. They think they are just having fun with a bunch of friends.

Meet palliative care volunteer Meg Lamb

Meg Lamb

Because of her healthcare background and community volunteerism, Meg Lamb was an obvious choice for the community leadership team for Akron Children’s Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center.

Dance Unlimited presents “Believe in the Magic of Christmas” (Photo gallery)

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On Dec. 11 in the Considine Auditorium at Akron Children’s Hospital, Dance Unlimited preformed a holiday dance recital called “Believe in the Magic of Christmas.”

Music heals his soul while dialysis cleans his blood

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The repetitive “woosh-woosh-bump” sound of the dialysis machine fills the room as 19-year-old Chris Blackwell sits tethered to the machine for four-hour stints three times a week. He has been receiving dialysis since he was diagnosed two years ago with chronic kidney disease.

Community artist drums up lively performances for patients

Sogbety Diomande

Thanks to grant funding, Akron Children’s Expressive Therapy Center has been partnering with community artists