Critical Acclaim: Intensive care doctor wins Akron Children’s Distinguished Service Award

John and Sharon Pope have been married for 31 years and have 2 sons, Sean and Ryan.

Dr. John Pope won the 2013 Distinguished Service Award. Described as an unsung hero of the critical care department, Dr. Pope is a talented caregiver who gives back to the community and travels to Haiti on medical missions.

Uncovering the mystery: Toddler diagnosed with rare muscular disorder

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If anyone needs an example of resilience, they need to look no further than 2-year-old Jack Lee. Jack arrived at the neonatal intensive care unit at Akron Children’s Hospital on Oct. 4, 2011 – 7 weeks premature and struggling to breathe.

Meet the Kneppers: Settling in to new family routine

The Knepper family

Like many young couples, Mark and Jennifer Knepper of Streetsboro looked forward to starting a family. When their first child, Olivia, was about 1 year old, they found out Jennifer was pregnant with identical twin girls.

After a serious brain injury, Logan and his mom have relied on palliative care every step of the way

Logan and his mom

Three-year-old Logan Keith of Akron continues to amaze his doctors and family with his miraculous recovery from a devastating brain injury.

Meet Lucas: Getting connected through pediatric palliative care

Lucas riding his tricycle

From the moment he was born in January 2010, Lucas Ransom was in a fight for his life. Although he arrived at 33 ½ weeks with a cleft palate that made feeding difficult, he had several other serious problems unrelated to his prematurity that made his condition critical.

Why do I feel something is missing on Sam?


I am so used to seeing Bekah’s faint little open heart surgery scar on her chest that now I feel like something is missing when I see Sam.