We often hear words like “joy,” “blessing” and “good will” during the holidays. They are in our greeting cards and the songs of the season, but sometimes they become more than just words.
Akron Children’s mission to provide medical care to infants, children and teens expands well beyond northeast Ohio. We support students, physicians and other medical professionals in providing healthcare and support services to children in need around the globe.
Drs. Jeff and Ellen Kempf served as surrogate parents for two adorable, Creole-speaking boys from Haiti for five weeks. Both were diagnosed with congenital heart defects and, without surgery, would most likely not survive into adulthood. Sadly, such advanced care doesn’t exist in their impoverished country. Thanks to Akron Children’s and other benefactors, the boys – 17-month-old Kurtis Petion and 4-year-old Elie Pierre – were able to travel to Akron for their surgeries.
For my last night in Haiti, Sister Judy and our leader Jeff Kempf have taken us to a very nice restaurant just minutes from the hospital grounds. It was a great way to end the trip. We began the morning with a memorable meeting we are sure will make history. We began the conversation of […]