Hospital leadership and community members stepped up to raise $82,000 for Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders during Dancing for the Kids, which took place on Oct. 25 at the Akron Civic Theatre.
Thankfully the only bears at this year’s Camp Ed Bear were of the stuffed variety.
This yearly tradition, which started in 1982, offered a weekend of fun and games at Camp Carl in Ravenna for 91 kids who have or are currently undergoing treatment for cancer or blood disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Five years ago, AJ Khoury, 18, was diagnosed with cancer, but this fall, he plans on attending the University of Akron and will major in civil engineering. To show his appreciation to Akron Children’s Hospital, AJ will be participating in a campaign at Giant Eagle stores. The proceeds will benefit Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.
Three years ago, Marisa Manocchio was diagnosed with leukemia. Today, she’s a healthy 22-year-old majoring in integrated mathematics education at Kent State University. To show thanks to for the care she has received at Akron Children’s Hospital, Marisa will be participating in a campaign at Giant Eagle stores. The proceeds will benefit Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.
In high school, Ryan was an honor student, excellent shot put and discus thrower, as well as a star football player sought after by many Division I colleges. But the football dreams he had since he was a little boy were sidelined during his junior year when Akron Children’s doctors discovered why he had been experiencing knee pain – cancer.