Back by popular demand: Racing for Kids returns to Akron Children’s Hospital

Cy'Aire King shows he has what it takes to race cars.

After a successful visit in August with veteran IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter, Racing for Kids stopped the races and popped in for another visit at Akron Children’s Hospital. But this time around, Racing for Kids shook things up and joined forces with Historic Sportscar Racing.

Petie the Pony makes a day in the hospital much brighter for our patients and staff


It is not without some heroic effort on the behalf of the staff at Victory Gallop that Petie the Pony makes his weekly hospital visits. But every ounce of energy expended to prepare the half miniature horse, half pony is paid off in smiles, giggles and parental gratitude.

Animal magnetism: Dog and pony show is great for our patients


Doggie Brigade handler Chris Witschey has seen the power animals can have on hospitalized children.One of our brigade’s most dedicated handlers, Witschey has been bringing three dogs, two of which have special needs, to the hospital on a regular basis for the past 8 years.

Petie the Pony logged more than 90 hours of bedside care in 2012 [Photo Gallery]

Petie always leaves behind a stuffed replica of himself so patients can cherish his special visits

Petie the Pony may be short in stature, but he’s sure long on endurance.

Giddy Up! I found the perfect support group

Sue and Kim of Victory Gallop hold onto Baby Jude while he rides Petie the Pony

Since our journey with Baby Jude began, I have been invited to several support groups. (P.S. When you are repeatedly given a flyer listing a support group date and time, it just might be a hint that you should attend. Thank you, Help Me Grow Tim. You are nothing if not subtle.) I tried it. I […]

Petie’s back in the saddle again

The kids go gaga for Petie

After a long winter hiatus, our patients welcomed Petie the Pony and his handlers at Victory Gallop with open arms. Today, Petie was mobbed by kids when he arrived at the nursing station in our school-age inpatient unit, all hankering to get their hands on a horse with which they can see eye to eye. […]