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Madelyne Goes to Washington

Not every kid gets such a close-up experience inside the U.S. Capitol.

Move over Mr. Smith. Madelyne Williams left her small but powerful mark on Capitol Hill yesterday and today. The 9 year old from Kent, Ohio, was Akron Children’s Hospital’s representative at the Children’s Hospital Association’s annual “Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day.”

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack

Take Me Out to the Ballgame event for cerebral palsy patients

Akron Children’s NeuroDevelopmental Science Center hosted its annual “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” carnival and picnic for children with cerebral palsy last Saturday.

Kent girl will take her zest for life to visit Capitol Hill

Madelyne Williams

The little girl who pushed herself out of her wheelchair to cross the finish line at the 2013 Cleveland Triathlon on her own 2 feet is ready for her next big adventure – meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Madelyne Williams, 9, of Kent, Ohio, will represent Akron Children’s Hospital at this year’s “Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day” June 24, sponsored by the Children’s Hospital Association.

The 12 Days of Christmas Special Needs

Jude in water therapy

I wrote my own interpretation of the 12 Days of Special Needs. Buckle up and read on.

Sand Man (+ melatonin), bring me a dream…

Jude

Up until a few months ago, sleep was Jude’s one and only constant. He physically required 14-17 hours of sleep per day. Plus a healthy nap. We fought him and he fought his droopy eyelids to stay awake long enough to eat dinner.

Staff races in honor of patient with cerebral palsy

Team NDSC (L-R): Dr. Victorio, Kathy Duritza, Dr. Sahgal and Madelyne

Two teams from Akron Children’s participated in the Cleveland Triathlon to honor a patient with cerebral palsy.