Mahoning Valley patients meet Thunderbirds pilots in exclusive meet and greet event

Photo: Eric M. White, GS-09, 910AW/PA, Public Affairs Specialist

Thirteen patients from Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley attended the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds exclusive Meet and Greet event in May. All patients received a program, poster and pin from the Thunderbirds, an elite group of pilots who perform aerial demonstrations.

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.

Attentive, caring staff and Doggie Brigade combine for special ER visit


My 12-year-old autistic son has been suffering from dizziness and loss of vision. Because of a prior experience with my other son at Akron Children’s, I was confident he would have a good experience as well.

Selflessness and compassion make volunteer worthy of presidential recognition


At 72, Barb Bletzer has been a vital part of the Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley volunteer team since the hospital’s inception. Five years and 2,000 hours of service later, Barb can add a new accomplishment to her resume: the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Honoring our volunteers

Dick and Bob Green

The story of Akron Children’s Hospital, dating back to 1890, includes an element about the power of volunteerism. A group of volunteers came together to talk about one thing – service above self.

Building bridges: Language Access grows to meet demand for services


Language Access interpreters have one goal: making healthcare at Akron Children’s Hospital accessible to all families, regardless of their cultural background or the language they speak.