A vibrant new mural is drawing attention to the services offered at the Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center for patients and their families. The project also gave artist Julienne Hogarth and her students from Firestone Community Learning Center the chance to give back to Akron Children’s Hospital and the center that provides holistic healing […]
Two-year-old Nicholas LaVoie doesn’t realize that the music he loves to dance to with his new friends is helping him develop both the right and left sides of his brain. His mom, Tina, knows exposing kids to music can help them reach their milestones and was happy to have an opportunity for her son to […]
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Dance Unlimited, the hospital’s dance therapy program. Funding will help the program expand into additional parts of northeast Ohio while keeping the program free for families. In addition, the funds will allow the program to purchase new equipment like sport-style wheelchairs, dance costumes […]
For Kellie Lightfoot, dancing is more than movement. It’s a way of life. Her passion for dance started at age 3 and has afforded her many opportunities over the years, including performing at the collegiate level and as a Cleveland Cavalier Girl dancer. Her most satisfying dance achievement, though, has come off stage, as the […]
Adorned in princess hats and knight helmets, patients enjoyed everything from games like mini-croquet, bowling, tic-tac-toe and spin the wheel to a craft area where they were able to decorate swords and shields, pose for a caricature artist, get their faces painted or just be silly in a photo booth.
Each year Akron Children’s Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center dedicates a night to showcase some of the hard work and outcomes of the many therapy sessions that occur throughout the year. These works include a variety of visual art, dance, music and poetry – all created by patients, family members and staff. On May […]