Over the years, countless celebrities have brightened the days of our patients at Akron Children’s. Yet none had quite the impact as Muhammad Ali, who paid us a very special visit in 1986. Although retired from the boxing ring by then, Ali was clearly a beloved figure to patients, families and staff alike. He graciously took time to visit with and sign autographs for patients and staff – even to the point of having his manager book a later flight that day. His kindness and his absolutely delightful sense of humor left no doubt as to the wonderful human being he truly was.