Teen with brain and spine tumors creates video to raise awareness and money for cancer research


Kaela Keller should be filling out applications for college, learning how to drive, practicing sprints with the Garaway High School Track team and looking for a fun part-time job. Instead, the 17 year old from Dover has put many of those plans on hold as she undergoes chemotherapy to fight spine and brain tumors at Akron Children’s Hospital.

A little jokester’s journey: Recruiting the best pays off


Shawna Roach has always enjoyed the benefits that come with Akron Children’s family-centered philosophy for both patients and employees. She was a single mom when she began her career here as a medical assistant 15 years ago.

Girl’s performance in the Nutcracker punctuates year of surgery, healing


The Nutcracker is the magical and lighthearted story of a small girl’s dream on Christmas Eve. You recall the story. As she sleeps on Christmas Eve, the main dancer Clara dreams a toy nutcracker given to her by the wizard Drosselmeyer comes to life.

#TechTuesday: CaringBridge Helps Families Connect with Network of Support

Mackenzie Roach's CaringBridge site

When Shawna Roach’s daughter, Mackenzie, was diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly after her eighth birthday, Shawna quickly discovered the benefits of using a CaringBridge website to keep friends and family updated about Mackenzie’s condition.

Cameron’s Courage

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My 5 year old son Cameron was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2007. He endured 5 brain surgeries and 2 implant surgeries. All of this occurred within 2 years. He was 3 years old when all this began. He required chemo and radiation, even though the tumor wasn’t cancerous in the beginning. He loved […]