On a sunny Friday night, across Perkins Square Park, children’s laughter and giant bubbles filled the air. Akron Children’s Hospital Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders was hosting its annual picnic before the Akron RubberDucks baseball game honoring the patients, survivors and their families. The event is the kick off to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
This event lets children with cancer and other blood disorders be just that, children. Doctors, nurses, social workers, and others from the center traded in their scrubs for matching t-shirts to serve cotton candy and show off skills like juggling and plate spinning.
Many groups supported their loved one by wearing matching t-shirts in the patient’s favorite colors with phrases such as “Fight like a kid!” and “In this family, no one fights alone.”
While the sun has set on another fun night out, the families (and staff!) look forward to doing it all again next year.