Alayna Mendenhall is bonding with a new companion, appropriately named Shadow. The 5th grader with spina bifida and her mother raised more than $8,000 needed for a service dog. Now they are in the early stages of training. The family recently visited a Missouri breeder to see 2 puppies in hope that one would be […]
Loop by loop, 10-year-old Alayna Mendenhall weaved her way to a goal of having a service dog by her side. Born with spina bifida, the 5th grader from Massillon weaves colorful potholders, which she sells for $3 each on Etsy.com. The potholder sales plus a GoFundMe page raised the $8,000 she needs for a specially […]
Tonight marks 2 milestones for 20-year-old Bryce Swartz with spina bifida: Receiving his Norton High School diploma and walking the stage at the Akron Civic Theatre to receive it from his father, Rod Swartz, a teacher and coach at Norton High School. His longtime physical therapy assistant at Akron Children’s Hospital, Turranna Rice, will help […]
As winter greeted us this season we were also introduced to this year’s winter illnesses. What you don’t realize is how much sickness your children will face in the first few years. Both of our munchkins have had their fair share of colds and ear infections. I really don’t know that you can avoid all […]
Looking back over the past 9 months, we are in awe of how God has given us patience and endurance. We made it through Jordan’s hip and ankle surgery, including 40 days in a cast and 40 days of day rehab. Jordan started a school with a friend for kids with neuromotor diagnosis. He endured […]
This will definitely be a summer for the books. After spending the summer building our handicapped-accessible home, we’re sharing it with others during the Medina Parade of Homes.