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Emily Parkinson is Scoliosis Strong

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Emily Parkinson turned her deep thoughts, wisdom and experiences since being diagnosed with scoliosis 3 years ago into a piece of art that’s an inspiration to others. The poster, entitled Scoliosis Strong, is a series of encouraging words wrapped around a picture of an S-shaped spine, representing the curve of her own backbone.

Learning how the arm bone’s connected to the shoulder bone (Photo gallery)

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Working with synthetic “saw” bones and cadavers, about 80 orthopedic residents from Ohio and Pennsylvania recently received two days of hands-on training led by Akron Children’s nationally-ranked pediatric orthopedic surgery team.

Change Bandit Spotlight: Tommy Dick Doctors’ efforts helped Tommy walk

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Tommy Dick’s parents were told by local doctors that Tommy was going to have to have many surgeries to repair his club feet. After many trips to Akron Children’s Hospital, castings, years in a brace and only one surgery, Tommy is now a healthy 7-year-old. Tommy’s family has decided to sign up to be a Change Bandit this year and raise money for the “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon, which airs Feb. 7-9 on 98.1 WKDD.