Kathy and Don Waggoner are looking forward to Valentine’s Day weekend this year, as they do every year, because February 14 marks the kickoff of the hospital’s 20th “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” radiothon. Parents to 7 children and 13 grandchildren, they haven’t missed volunteering at a radiothon since its inception. Akron Children’s holds […]
The Degenhard family of Louisville in Stark County knows first-hand how much it means to receive kindness during difficult times. For 4 years while their daughter, Taylor, battled an aggressive form of neuroblastoma, they received countless meals, kind gestures and support from family, friends, staff and strangers. Despite all the love, medicine and determination Taylor […]
Many children wish for a pony. When Willie Nelson the pony stops by Akron Children’s, he makes that wish come true and brings joy to patients when they need it the most.
For Julie Costas of Canfield, all it took was one phone call back in 2008 to get involved in a yet-to-be-named volunteer group to support the hospital’s fundraising arm. “I’ve always loved working with children,” she said. “I was the first person to call JoAnn (Stock) when I found out she was going to be […]
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital hosted a breakfast to honor the hospital’s volunteers and recognize their hard work and dedication. From Doggie Brigade to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) cuddlers to greeters at information desks, more than 1,600 volunteers give their time on the Akron and Mahoning […]
Almost every Monday since the day Akron Children’s Hospital Beeghly Campus opened 10 years ago, local retirees Bernie Zets and Alice Ogden have dutifully staffed the inpatient building’s check-in desk with a smile – and a little assertiveness when they need to. And the 2 volunteers, whose tasks are to greet families and protect the […]