Abby’s story – looking back at 5 years of change, hope and healing

Within a weekend, my daughter went from an active high school senior to being diagnosed with a rare and serious disorder in 2009.

Calling young athletes: Lace up and take a stand against childhood cancer


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and young athletes across the country are showing their support of kids touched by cancer by wearing special gold laces.

Hail to the Chefs recognizes Dr. Jeffrey Hord, raises funds for local charities

Dr. Jeffrey Hord

The 9th annual Hail to the Chefs event on Friday, May 30, at Lake Forest Country Club will feature great food, cocktails, entertainment and a charity auction.

Childhood dream comes true for doctor

Dr. Hord

From the time he was a little boy, Jeffrey Hord said he was going to be a doctor. “I don’t remember saying it, but my mom told me that I always did,” said Dr. Hord, the director of Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Spats’ visits are golden to childhood cancer patients


Spat might be named after a gangster from the movie, “Some Like It Hot,” but there’s nothing sinister about this golden retriever and card-carrying member of the Akron Children’s Hospital Doggie Brigade.

Stepping up for kids with cancer


With only days to go before Dancing for the Kids on Oct. 25, the excitement and nervousness are building. I met with my instructor, Arielle, and tried to smooth out some of the rough spots in our routine.