June 5, 2014 is when my whole life changed. That’s the day I was diagnosed with cancer. My name is Jackie Custer, and I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL, which is a childhood cancer of the bone marrow and blood) when I was 16 years old. (Read more about her treatment in this […]
Meet some of our cancer and blood disorder patients and learn about the Akron Children's Hospital Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.
Two weeks after her father died of a sudden illness, 2-year-old Nya Williams was diagnosed with cancer. It came out of the blue, said Nya’s mother. She pondered her suddenly changing future during a life flight ride from Boardman to Akron where a leukemia diagnosis would be confirmed. “I kept asking myself, ‘What did I […]
The 6th annual Dancing for the Kids event, hosted by the Emerging Leaders of Akron Children’s Hospital and presented by Northwestern Mutual, raised a record-breaking $155,613 to benefit cancer research at the hospital’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancers and Blood Disorders. Dance Unlimited, a therapeutic dance program at Akron Children’s for patients of all […]
Sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait may sound interchangeable, but the prognosis and care are as different as night and day. For kids diagnosed with sickle cell, Akron Children’s has a team of medical specialists who provide ongoing education and care so families are never in the dark about the blood disorder. Three years […]
For parents, learning their child has cancer is probably the most difficult, heart-wrenching thing to hear. And, it’s happening more often than you think. After accidents, cancer is the second-leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14, according to the American Cancer Society. “It’s likely you know someone whose child has cancer,” said […]
An inoperable brain tumor might have taken Hannah Tringhese’s sight, but it certainly didn’t affect her vision. Six-year-old Hannah Tringhese had just been through the toughest 8-day stretch one might imagine. In the week leading up to Easter 2016, she started going blind while sitting in her kindergarten classroom. Days later, doctors discovered she had […]