Petie the Pony returned to Akron Children’s Hospital to celebrate 20 years of delighting our patients, families and staff. He was joined by Kim Gustley and Toril Simon, his handlers from Victory Gallop, for a meet and greet in Perkins Square Park. They had plenty of company as dozens of visitors stopped by his tent, […]
When 4-year-old Mason Sable was hospitalized for 2 weeks with a rare and very serious pneumonia in March, his parents, Joci and Rob, were already thinking about their plan to give back to the hospital once he got better. Then the perfect idea presented itself. “After Mason’s surgery, it was imperative for him to get […]
As her 70th birthday approached, Debby Rowland decided the place she most wanted to celebrate her milestone was at The Today Show in New York City. Debby is a big fan of the show and it was a story on The Today Show that gave her the idea to create a non-profit organization that has […]
As Tessa Puma continues to recover from an infection that resulted in the amputation of one of her legs, animals with special needs have helped her every step of the way. Doggie Brigade handler Chris Witschey and her 3 dogs have been at her side throughout her recovery, and their assistance is especially important now, […]
Retiree Jim Kessell has been volunteering at Akron Children’s Hospital for 13 years. His special talent is what sets him apart from others – Jim is a paper engineer. What exactly is a paper engineer? He folds paper to occupy our patients while they’re waiting. It’s a perfect volunteer position for a retiree with a […]
When Rose Carlson turned 94, she was looking to shake things up a bit so she decided to start volunteering at Akron Children’s Hospital. Six years later, she’s still a regular at the hospital visitor desk, trading barbs and paperwork with her fellow volunteers.