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Meet Mackenzie, the Jokester (Videos) Mackenzie overcomes the odds after surgery to remove a brain tumor

Mackenzie Roach

In April 2011, 7-year-old Mackenzie started to hear a loud beeping in her ear. After several tests, Dr. Roger Hudgins, an Akron Children’s Hospital neurosurgeon, discovered that Mackenzie had a brain tumor referred to as a juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma. Once Dr. Hudgins removed the benign tumor, the hard work began.

Hearing cheering in Seville? That’s Randy and Megs celebrating

Dr. Kerwyn Jones (seated), director of pediatric orthopedic surgery, talks with Megs and Randy during Jordan’s visit.

If you heard a little “yahhooo” coming from around the Seville area today around noon, it was Randy and I celebrating our little super hero’s good report from Myelo Clinic. I guess it’s one of those things that as a parent, you think your child is doing well but need the affirmation from the professionals that they see the improvements as well.

Thank you to the fetal treatment center, neurosurgery, neonatology and more…

Megs Pollock in Akron Children's neonatal intensive care unit holding Jordan

When we first met with Dr. Stewart in February, he said that while we would come back to see him, he would be referring us to a genetic counselor at Akron Children’s as well. I was a little confused as to why we would need to see a genetic counselor. We already knew our Peanut […]

Reflecting on days 6 and 7 of Jordan’s NICU stay

Days 6 and 7 of Jordan's NICU stay for Pollock family

Jordan’s head continues to appear less swollen. We are so thankful the shunt seems to be working as it should. We officially checked in at Akron Children’s Reinberger Family Center, near the NICU. The rooms are available on a night-to-night basis so you check in and out daily. It’s so convenient to be so close to […]

Looking back on days 2 and 3 of Jordan’s NICU stay

Jordan in Akron Children's Hospital's NICU

Life at the Pollock house is great. We are loving every moment we spend together as a family. Jordan is doing great with feeding. Some nights I have to wake up to him wiggling around when he’s ready. One of the sweetest moments has been listening to Randy read to Jordan in the morning while […]