A little more than a year after cancer diagnosis, Luke is once again active and healthy

Luke with his dog

Luke Ritchey was never what his mom, Sharon, would call a sick kid. Growing up, he never had so much as an ear infection. But things took an unexpected turn when Luke started to have a headache on Christmas Eve 2013

Top 10 Facebook posts of 2014

Fiona had her portrait made during Radiothon.

In 2014, we shared countless stories from Akron Children’s Hospital on Facebook, from fundraisers to visits to Haiti. We are thrilled to take you back through some of these special stories with this list of the 10 most popular and engaging Facebook posts of 2014.

Niles boy with leukemia flies high as “Pilot for a Day”

Sypert_pilot for day_4_headset

It was a day of non-stop grinning for 11 year-old Jacob Sypert from Niles, the latest “Pilot for a Day” at the 910th Airlift Wing in Vienna.

Brookfield woman honors daughter’s memory with annual toy drive

Rachel Baker

The family and friends of Rachel Baker continue to fulfill her wishes of lifting children’s spirits even four years after she passed away at age 21.

Judy Baker organizes an annual toy drive in her hometown of Brookfield, Ohio, in honor of her daughter, who was studying to become a pediatric oncology nurse at Youngstown State University two years after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Join us for Kyle Stewart Day


The 2013 Kyle Stewart Day will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Aug. 3 at Clay’s Park, 13190 Patterson St. NW, North Lawrence. The day will feature swimming, a cornhole tournament, raffles, live entertainment and many other family-friendly activities.

A night of hot chili, good cheer benefits Akron Children’s

The Katz family - Julie, Noah, Randy and Alyssa - offered up a treasured family recipe and complemented their Old World Chili with a display of historic family portraits.

They came with secret spices, old family recipes, Food Network-inspired twists and super deluxe Crock Pots. The competitors at the 7th annual Lauren Audrey Braman Memorial Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Bake-Off came to Copley High School on March 23 with high hopes of victory, but also good intentions as the event raises funds for Akron Children’s Hospital.