Jody Pittner has the kind of job most people would envy. Her well-worn, paint splattered overalls give a hint of how she spends most days – helping kids of all ages express themselves through art. As the hospital’s only full-time art therapist, Jody spends her days in the Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center offering […]
For Kellie Lightfoot, dancing is more than movement. It’s a way of life. Her passion for dance started at age 3 and has afforded her many opportunities over the years, including performing at the collegiate level and as a Cleveland Cavalier Girl dancer. Her most satisfying dance achievement, though, has come off stage, as the […]
If Akron Children’s Hospital ever had a “super fan,” 15-year-old Christian Lambright would definitely qualify. Christian, who has a neuromuscular disease and has had a tracheostomy, G-tube and mediport since birth, considers Akron Children’s his second home.
Shannon Stapleton, of Mansfield, was diagnosed with scoliosis about 2 years ago when her cardiologist C.R. Patel noticed the “S” curve of her spine during an annual appointment. He referred her to Dr. Kenneth Bono, who diagnosed her with a nearly 100-degree curvature.
About 150 people enjoyed the music, art and dancing provided by our patients and their art therapists at Akron Children’s Expressive Therapy open house. For some of the kids, who struggle with chronic illnesses that keep them hospitalized much of the year, the open house gives them an opportunity to participate in a recital, an event many typical kids take for granted.
Every Wednesday evening, dancers of all ability levels and both genders assemble in the Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy under the direction of the cheerful, effervescent Lightfoot. Don’t tell the kids, but they are having a therapy session. They think they are just having fun with a bunch of friends.