Akron Children’s respite centers offer ‘home-away-from-home’

Our Reinberger and McFamily centers provide families with all the comforts of home, but just down the hall from their child.

Reinberger Family Center and the McFamily Respite Center at Akron Children’s provide families with a “home-away-from-home” setting so they don’t need to decide between expert care or a ‘mother’s touch.’

Up on the rooftop, construction workers pause …


Last year, workers fashioned a Christmas tree powered by a car battery that was hoisted by one of our massive cranes each night. The cranes may be gone this year, but the holiday spirit remains. This year Santa is climbing to the 15-foot Christmas tree on the roof of our new Kay Jewelers Pavilion.

Wrestlers help “ring” in the holidays (Video)

Getting a selfie to share with friends and family.

WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston and Natalya stepped out of the ring to share some holiday joy with the patients at Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. Arranged with the help of WWE ring announcer Lillian Garcia and the LOPEN Charity events, they also brought presents, signed autographs, shared pet photos and […]

Santa always makes time for these special children

Craniofacial Holidy Party

The smiles say it all. The annual holiday party for Akron Children’s Craniofacial Clinic Parent Network brought lots of good cheer for nearly 200 patients and their parents and siblings last Friday evening. The kids enjoyed a magician, crafts, a pizza dinner and the ever-popular giant parachute that inspires seemingly endless bursts of competitive energy. […]

University of Akron football team scores big with Akron Children’s patients

Pictured (L-R Back) Christian Allen, Joe McNamara (Santa) Connor Hundley, Isaiah Williams, Nick Rossi & Travis Switzer
Name (F) Robert Stein

The University of Akron football players visit Akron Children’s Hospital before every home game in the fall, which is 6 times throughout the season. During Christmas, one of the players always dresses up as Santa. This year there was even an Elf.

The world is full of wonder: a message reinforced on the Polar Express

2014 Polar Express

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad made 2 train cars available for patient families of Akron Children’s so they could enjoy the wonder of the “Polar Express.”