Our daughter Autumn was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in January 2017 at only 5 months old. That night our whole world was flipped upside down and we had no idea what to expect. When we took her in, they didn’t think she would make it through the night, but our girl showed her strength […]
Just before Evie Densevich turned one, she underwent an 8-hour surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital to rebuild her skull. “Evie’s rear skull sutures fused too early and her head shape was growing very long and narrow, which wasn’t allowing her brain the right amount of space it needed to grow properly,” said Evie’s mother […]
Jack Cleavenger was full of surprises when he was born. Not only did he surprise his parents by arriving early at 34 weeks, he was also born with Down syndrome and a heart problem. “Up to that point, there had been no indication that anything was wrong,” says Sandi, his mother. At just 2 […]
When Parker Ruff was 9 months old, doctors discovered an orange-sized tumor around his kidney and diagnosed him with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that almost always affects infants and young children. “He had to have surgery to remove the tumor and they ended up having to also remove his left kidney and left […]
Scott Beal jokes that thanks to his son, he no longer has a name. “I’m not ‘Scott’ anymore,” he laughed. “I’m now just called ‘Spencer’s dad.’” Not that Scott or his wife, Brianna, mind. The story of their 7-year-old son has touched many families in the couple’s hometown of Dover, Ohio. Born with a form […]
In 2003, Julie Keyser volunteered for Akron Children’s “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon. Little did she know that 10 years later, the hospital would save her son Zach’s life. Hear their story during the “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon on WKDD Feb. 12-14.