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Honoring our volunteers

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The story of Akron Children’s Hospital, dating back to 1890, includes an element about the power of volunteerism. A group of volunteers came together to talk about one thing – service above self.

Holiday Tree Festival volunteer spotlight: Jolea Swann

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For 32 years, the Holiday Tree Festival has been presented to the community by the volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital. It is the commitment of the volunteers that has made the festival a successful event that draws more than 250,000 attendees every year.

Loose Knit Group swaddles babies with their talents (Photo gallery)

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It started small. The idea of helping others was the primary focus. This is how A Loose Knit Group came to be. JoAnn Carney, a volunteer with Fellows Riverside Gardens, was a member of the Ursuline Mother House’s Prayer Shawl Ministry. She knitted Prayer Shawls for those in need but she wanted to expand the […]

Back pain’s insights into love and compassion

Michelle Cooley (second from right) with Akron Aeros players, staff and Orbit.

I can’t even begin to explain how grateful I am for chronic low back pain! It might sound crazy, but it’s true. Besides helping me see the love and passion I have for people with injuries or diseases, I am so excited that God also used my back pain to bring me to Akron Children’s Hospital – as a therapy patient, and also as a volunteer this summer.

Love helping out

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Volunteers of all ages are an essential part of the family at Akron Children’s Hospital, including our oldest volunteers, Rose Carlson, 96, and Stanley Wolczyk, 94.

Another special day at Children’s

Aiden receives visit from Doggie Brigade after surgery.

Last month, my 11-year-old son had an outpatient surgical procedure performed at Akron Children’s. I work for the hospital’s foundation as a grant writer, so I had written many times about the wonderful patient care our staff provides, but experiencing it first-hand was truly inspiring.