Thankful to have a gem like Akron Children’s Hospital in our own backyard

Miles at 6 months old

At our 20 week ultrasound we found out Miles had spina bifida. In an instant our world changed forever but we could never imagine how it would be for the better. Maternal Fetal Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital saw us every step of the way and we felt so trusting of the hands our son would be in. When he arrived on May 6, he was taken to the NICU where he would be taken such great care of by the best.

Kent girl will take her zest for life to visit Capitol Hill

Madelyne Williams

The little girl who pushed herself out of her wheelchair to cross the finish line at the 2013 Cleveland Triathlon on her own 2 feet is ready for her next big adventure – meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Madelyne Williams, 9, of Kent, Ohio, will represent Akron Children’s Hospital at this year’s “Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day” June 24, sponsored by the Children’s Hospital Association.

Coming full circle – from NICU patient to doctor


On Nov. 8, 1986, our son, Zac, came into the world 7 weeks early due to complications of preeclampsia. He was born at Akron City and then transferred to Akron Children’s because of a suspected bowel blockage. We were told that he would be there until his due date, but he soon began to thrive and his stay was only 3 weeks.

Diagnosed at birth with cleft palate and Pierre Robin syndrome, Aydan is our little fighter

Ayden has cleft palate and Pierre Robin syndrome

Aydan was born full term but when he was born he was unable to eat or breath on his own. He had to be life-flighted to Akron Children’s Hospital an hour after he was born. We soon found out he was born with a full bilateral cleft palate and Pierre Robin Sequence.

Akron Children’s cares for second set of mono mono twins in same week

Mono Mono Twins

What are the chances of seeing 2 sets of mono mono twins in one week in the same NICU? There’s only a 1 in 10,000 chance that a woman will become pregnant with monoamniotic twins, a condition where twins share the same amniotic sack. So it’s almost a statistical impossibility to have 2 sets of monoamniotic twins residing in the NICU at Akron Children’s Hospital.

All Fired Up to help NICU families

NICU Footprints

The first time I heard the acronym “NICU” was in 2006, as the owner of All Fired Up Akron, a paint-your-own pottery and glass fusing studio. I was approached by the March of Dimes to create an event to help families with babies in Akron Children’s NICU to create memories and keepsakes of their precious babies. I jumped at the chance to help parents in need.