As a senior at Field High School, Delaney Streby discovered a large lump on her neck, which prompted a referral to pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Mamatha Kambalapalli, who leads the Pediatric Thyroid Program at Akron Children’s Hospital. “Initially my primary care doctor thought it might be due to swollen lymph nodes,” Delaney said. Dr. Kambalapalli ordered […]
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When Megan Carey was pregnant with her son, Josh, an amniocentesis revealed he carried the mutation for cystic fibrosis (CF), a progressive, genetic disorder that causes frequent lung infections and can impair breathing. Questioned by her doctors about whether she wanted to continue the pregnancy, Megan says there was never a doubt. “I had half-sisters […]
Like most teenagers, Serenity Smolen is constantly learning, exploring and discovering what she does and doesn’t like. Some of the time, she encounters a learning curve. When it comes to conquering new undertakings, Serenity, 13, is a pro. It’s something she’s done all her life. Serenity, who was born with congenital limb differences that affect […]
February 2020 brought a global pandemic and a cancer diagnosis to then 11-year-old Paul Smith. Both required isolation and patience. Both would bring tears and sacrifice. But neither could stop Paul’s resilience, a mother’s love or a care team dedicated to getting Paul back to his best. On a family ski trip, Paul’s cancer let […]
New parents Cassie and Michael Amick spent the better part of 2020 looking forward to the birth of their first child, a boy, due in late February. Ashton Michael Amick made his entrance into the world on Feb. 3—3 weeks before his due date. “Besides being a little jaundiced for a day, he appeared […]
Lily Reed sees a bright future ahead of her — literally. After undergoing several surgeries to remove cataracts that nearly blinded her, she’s looking forward to all the wonders and excitement of a typical preschooler: a summer filled with bike riding, dance, running around the yard with her sisters and a birthday bash to celebrate […]