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Doggie Brigade visits offer special treat for speech therapy patients

Roxie with kids at speech therapy

When you’re a fourth-grader who struggles with reading and writing, going to speech therapy to sharpen those skills after being in school all day may be the last place you want to be. That is, unless your speech pathologist uses the power of animal magnetism to help make learning fun.

Parent Courtesy Cart brings comfort to patient families

Nicole Meta (left) and Christa Coleman-Ng with the Courtesy Cart

The Parent Courtesy Cart on the Beeghly campus is staff by volunteers from the Parent Advisory Council. They visit both the pediatric floor and the Special Care Nursery with juice, coffee, and snacks for the families.

It’s hard not to fall in love with these free-falling teddy bears

Bears & humans make a fun free-fall team.

From hand-crocheted blankets to the toys paid for by a child’s birthday money, many of the donations that come to patients at Akron Children’s Hospital have interesting and heart-felt back stories. But several hundred teddy bears the hospital recently received get top honors for the donations arriving by the most circuitous route.

Roxie the basset hound is a howling success

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While the only game Roxie tracks in the hospital is of the Chutes & Ladders and Candy Land variety, this basset hound is a winner with our patients. Roxie is the lone basset hound in the Doggie Brigade.

Stickers, tiaras and capes translate to smiles

Smiles with Style, a non-profit makeover organization, began at Akron Children’s Hospital with a little luck and a whole lot of good timing.
Jen Koch, executive director and creator of Smiles with Style, began volunteering at Akron Children’s more than two years ago and turned something as simple as braiding patients’ hair into a full-scale non-profit organization.

Selflessness and compassion make volunteer worthy of presidential recognition

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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.