Veteran Akron Children’s Doggie Brigade™ handler Bernie Schwartz smiles as he pets the glossy coat of his black Labrador retriever, Maddie. “This is the best job I’ve ever had, and I’ve never made a dime,” he laughed. Schwartz joined Doggie Brigade in 1992, when former director of volunteer services Marilyn McGuckin lead the efforts to […]
Retiree Jim Kessell has been volunteering at Akron Children’s Hospital for 13 years. His special talent is what sets him apart from others – Jim is a paper engineer. What exactly is a paper engineer? He folds paper to occupy our patients while they’re waiting. It’s a perfect volunteer position for a retiree with a […]
When Rose Carlson turned 94, she was looking to shake things up a bit so she decided to start volunteering at Akron Children’s Hospital. Six years later, she’s still a regular at the hospital visitor desk, trading barbs and paperwork with her fellow volunteers.
In 1984, during one of the most tragic times in their lives, Hudson residents Tom and Brenda Clark made a promise to themselves that one day they would give back to the hospital that did so much for them during their son Brandon’s short life. Born with microcephaly, Brandon received physical, occupational and speech therapy […]
Kathy Burns pushes a cart through the halls of the Beeghly campus every Monday morning delivering the day’s mail as part of her volunteer service on the Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley campus. But on this day the Boardman resident’s mail cart, adorned with a stuffed bear at the bow dressed in U.S. mail attire, served […]
While leafing through a magazine at her doctor’s office, Barbara Brown came across an article about Dr. Sarah Friebert, who was being recognized as one of the area’s top doctors. “Learning about the work of Dr. Friebert and the palliative care team really resonated with me,” Barbara said. Later that evening, she told her husband […]