Alayna Numbers looks like your typical, healthy and active 5-year-old with curly brown locks, lots of energy and an infectious smile that belies her recent battle with aplastic anemia, a rare condition where the body stops producing new blood cells, and if left untreated, can be fatal. While 2020 introduced social distancing and wearing masks […]
20 years… It’s been 20 years since April 26, 2000: the day I was given a second chance at life. On Dec. 3, 1998, I was 10 years old and hadn’t been feeling well for about 3 months. After finally having blood work drawn, I was admitted to Akron Children’s Hospital and diagnosed with acute […]
Research shows that having a sibling is good for your health. For 4-year-old Alayna Numbers her little brother proved to be a lifesaver literally. On September 24, Alayna received a bone marrow transplant to treat aplastic anemia (a rare condition where the body stops producing new blood cells) with marrow harvested from her 18-month-old brother, […]
On Oct. 7, 2013, our son, Greggory, was admitted to a bone marrow transplant (BMT) room on Akron Children’s cancer unit. That’s where he stayed until Nov. 20.
My senior year of high school I asked my friend Erica to the prom. We agreed that I would take her to my prom and she would take me to her prom. However, due to the timing of my bone marrow transplant, I was unable to go to my prom. But the following year she ended up asking me to her prom.
Hi, my name is Tyler Froats, and I am representing Akron Children’s Hospital this year for Family Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. I’m looking forward to meeting the legislators and sharing my story with them in hopes to make a difference in their lawmaking decisions when it comes to our needs with medical issues that […]