Christmas has always taken on a special meaning in our family. Of course, children give a different prospective as well. We have tried to bring the true meaning of Christmas in our home.
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.
As a pediatric neurosurgeon and director of Akron Children’s NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, Dr. Roger Hudgins knows the brain and sees, on a daily basis, the devastating effect these some of these conditions have on children and their families. Here are some of his thoughts on President Obama’s brain-mapping proposal and its chances for success.
Meet Mackenzie, the Jokester (Videos) Mackenzie overcomes the odds after surgery to remove a brain tumor
In April 2011, 7-year-old Mackenzie started to hear a loud beeping in her ear. After several tests, Dr. Roger Hudgins, an Akron Children’s Hospital neurosurgeon, discovered that Mackenzie had a brain tumor referred to as a juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma. Once Dr. Hudgins removed the benign tumor, the hard work began.