And he puts his extra energy to good use by raising funds for Akron Children’s Hospital.
James first came to our hospital when he was a week old. His mom, Kara, thought he had a formula allergy and brought him to our ER.
But, James’ vomiting grew worse. After 6 weeks of testing, our staff discovered that James was born with a rare gastric condition called intestinal malrotation, which means his intestines were not attached to his stomach wall.
“Dr. Pittinger was very compassionate to me as a new mom. He was extremely comforting during a difficult time,” says Kara. “I knew I could trust him with my newborn.”
While his condition was corrected, James’ vomiting continued. He was eventually diagnosed with another syndrome called gastroparesis, a condition that paralyzes the stomach muscles used to digest food.
Four years later, Kara still has to carefully regulate how much and how often James eats. He has regular gastroenterology checkups and feeding therapy.
But through it all, his strong, energetic and lovable personality helps him through his treatment.
Now, James and his mom, Kara, are helping kids just like him by being Change Bandits for the 2015 “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital.
“This is our second year as Change Bandits,” says Kara. “Last year, we raised $113. I couldn’t believe we raised that much in change! This year, we hope to do even more.”
Hear James’ story and more like his during the 16th annual “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon broadcast live on 98.1 WKDD on Feb. 12 – 14, 2015. Do your part to support radiothon.