A light early evening rain couldn’t dampen the smiles on the children and parents attending “Light Up the Night,” the 10th annual picnic on Saturday night planned especially for Akron Children’s patients with with cerebral palsy.
The event was planned with “accessibility” as the highest priority so patients could participate in all the classic childhood carnival games and activities, including the ever popular “Pin a Shot on the Doc” (think “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”) and Dunk the Doctor.
“All kids love to go out and have fun, and kids with cerebral palsy are no different,” said Brittany Parise, physiatry program coordinator and chief picnic planner.
After the dinner, games, face painting, and lots of selfies with Elsa from Disney’s Frozen,” the families walked across the bridge to enjoy an Akron Rubber Ducks game, where they received even more recognition and celebration.
Michelle Snyder said her 10-year-old son Michael loves this event.
“Michael is non-verbal but he has so much fun here and just likes being with all the other kids,” she said. “It’s nice for me to talk to other parents who understand what we are going through.”