Nine-year-old Spencer Beal, from Dover, has been selected as the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s (CMNH) Champion for Akron Children’s Hospital. The CMNH Champions program began in 1996 to represent the 10 million children treated at member CMN Hospitals annually. In the past, there has been one Champion per state, but this year the program was […]
Third-grader Layla Popik bounded through the front door of her suburban Cleveland home after the school bus dropped her off. She settled in at the kitchen table with a juice box and an iPad, and chatted easily with her parents, as if she’s been doing this forever. Adopted from China just over a year ago, […]
Around the Ohio River town of Gallipolis, Lisa Osborne speaks at churches and schools on behalf of her 9-year-old son, Cambell. Cambell was born with achondroplasia, a genetic condition that causes most cases of dwarfism. Lisa knew when she was 8 months pregnant that Cambell’s measurements weren’t where they should be. As he got older, […]
Scott Beal jokes that thanks to his son, he no longer has a name. “I’m not ‘Scott’ anymore,” he laughed. “I’m now just called ‘Spencer’s dad.’” Not that Scott or his wife, Brianna, mind. The story of their 7-year-old son has touched many families in the couple’s hometown of Dover, Ohio. Born with a form […]
I was born in April on the same day as my great-Grandpa Brubaker. I imagine my parents had a lot of fears, uncertainties and worries about having a child born with a rare disability, but they seldom, if ever, showed this. On the contrary, my parents always urged me to do what I dreamed of doing.
It was an atypical Saturday at Akron Children’s Hospital as numerous Little People filtered into the Considine Professional Building for our first medical symposium, in conjunction with the NorthCoast Chapter Little People of America (LPA) Spring Regional. What made this regional so different from others was its similarity to the annual National LPA Conference. Usually […]