When Connie Platten looks at the 2016 high school graduation photo of her daughter, Amber Haze Harper, she sees a girl who beat long odds to wear a cap and gown. “Graduation was a milestone nobody expected,” Connie said. “She’s a miracle.” In 2009, Amber was diagnosed with an aggressive type of leukemia at Akron […]
Sporting a bright yellow t-shirt declaring himself a “leukemia survivor,” 11-year-old Joshua Berr pulled a wagon full to toys through the halls of Akron Children’s Hospital. He remembers spending Christmas in the hospital and wants to bring a bit of cheer for those now in the same situation. “It’s pretty bad,” Joshua recalls. “You can […]
Like many children who have experienced a serious illness, Tulasha Prasai wants to be a doctor or nurse when she grows up. In December 2014, Tulasha, 10, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). She received high-intensity chemotherapy in Akron Children’s Hospital’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. Tulasha and her family […]
Childhood cancer can change a lot of things, but for Jackie Custer of Canton, the changes she speaks of aren’t about hair loss or rashes, they’re about family and strength. “I remember that (being diagnosed) day like it was yesterday,” said Jackie. “My parents were pulled out of the room … when they returned my […]
Corbin Burggraf, diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012, never thought his first time in an airplane would be in the cockpit of a C-130H Hercules during his “Pilot for a Day” experience at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station this week. The 14 year old lives in Cortland, not far from the air base, and sees […]
James knows the struggle kids and their families face when they’re battling cancer. Diagnosed with leukemia in 2008, he spent the next 3 ½ years in treatment, first at the hospital’s Akron campus and then at our Beeghly campus. James is telling his story and encouraging his classmates to purchase special gold shoelaces as part of “Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer” during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.