Drawing inspiration: Teen uses art to express passions

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.

Palliative care eases the burden for Akron family

In the spring of 2013, Sandi and David Cleavenger anxiously awaited the birth of their first child. Jack arrived prematurely, and soon after, his parents learned he had a problem with his heart. He was also born with Down syndrome. The couple was shocked by the news.

Palliative Care vs. Hospice: Understanding the differences

Many people are now more familiar with the words palliative care and hospice, but there’s often confusion about what they are and how they’re different. In honor of this month, which celebrates and spreads awareness about hospice and palliative care, we’ve created this Q & A.

Have you had ‘The Conversation?’ Ellen Goodman speaks about the importance of end-of-life conversations

During her keynote speech at the annual Palette of Faith conference, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ellen Goodman spoke about the conversation family members should have with loved ones about end-of-life care preferences well before they are in a medical crisis and unable to speak for themselves.

Help fund gift cards for our patient families on #GivingTuesday

After Thanksgiving comes Black Friday, Cyber Monday and #GivingTuesday, which is a social media movement that changes the way we think about giving. On Dec. 3, you can donate online, volunteer your time, sign up to be a Change Bandit for the Akron or Mahoning Valley radiothons, or share a blog post. How will you give back this giving season?

Volunteers help deliver holiday cheer to palliative care families

Each year, the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center at Akron Children’s Hospital sends handmade, signed holiday greeting cards to their patients and families, as well as bereaved families. The number of palliative families keeps growing every year, and this year there were 1,400.