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Keeping the beat – from the mayor’s office to the dance floor

Press releases, speeches and twitter feeds are just a few of the ways Stephanie York, director of communications for the City of Akron, stays on the pulse of things happening in the city. But, on Oct. 24, she’ll be stepping to her own beat as she takes to the stage at Akron Civic Theatre as part of Akron Children’s Hospital’s 3rd annual “Dancing for the Kids” event.

Stepping up awareness for neuro-oncology

When Sarah Rush, MD, puts her heels on for work as a pediatric neuro-oncologist at Akron’s Children’s Hospital, it generally has nothing to do with dancing. But, on Oct. 24, that will change as she steps on stage at Akron Civic Theatre as part of the 3rd annual “Dancing for the Kids” event.

Dancing for the Kids raises $82,000 for cancer patients (photo gallery)

Megan Merril, cancer survivor, and her dance partner from University of Akron.

Hospital leadership and community members stepped up to raise $82,000 for Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders during Dancing for the Kids, which took place on Oct. 25 at the Akron Civic Theatre.

Giant Eagle donates more than $78,000

Ron Brubaker, from Giant Eagle, presents Jeffery Hord, MD, with a check for $78,395 at hematology/oncology awareness night at the Akron Aeros’ game.

Representatives from Giant Eagle presented Akron Children’s Hospital with a check for $78,395 during the Akron Aeros’ hematology/oncology awareness night at Canal Park on Aug. 23.

A weekend of golf, concerts and generosity

Thomas Ian Nicholas handed an autographed copy of "Rookie of the Year" to pateint Braydon Jahns and his brother.

LOPen started as a golf outing to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital, but has grown into a weekend of fun that also features multiple concerts and celebrity appearances.

Giant Eagle spotlight: Beating the odds of rare blood disorder

Jacob Whiteman

Now 11-years-old, Jacob Whiteman wasn’t supposed to live for more than one year. To show thanks to Akron Children’s Hospital, Jacob will be participating in a campaign at Giant Eagle stores. The proceeds will benefit Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.