Mackenzie Roach and Makenzie Yovanovich have become the ultimate duo when it comes to showing the world their abilities despite their disabilities. The best friends have represented Akron Children’s Hospital in a multitude of ways, and most recently, represented the disability community as participants in the Miss Amazing pageant. The Miss Amazing pageant is dedicated […]
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Dance Unlimited, the hospital’s dance therapy program. Funding will help the program expand into additional parts of northeast Ohio while keeping the program free for families. In addition, the funds will allow the program to purchase new equipment like sport-style wheelchairs, dance costumes […]
Makenzie Yovanovich was born with big brown eyes and a sweet disposition, but there was something about her tiny stature that had her parents worried. “She was sort of floppy, even for a newborn,” said Jennifer, Makenzie’s mom. “We could tell something wasn’t right so doctors started testing her right away to figure out […]
For Kellie Lightfoot, dancing is more than movement. It’s a way of life. Her passion for dance started at age 3 and has afforded her many opportunities over the years, including performing at the collegiate level and as a Cleveland Cavalier Girl dancer. Her most satisfying dance achievement, though, has come off stage, as the […]
While LeBron, Kevin, Kyrie and the team were warming up for the Cavs vs. Bulls game on Feb. 18, a group of very special young athletes enjoyed the spotlight on the Q’s hardwood floor. Fourteen members of Dance Unlimited, all Akron Children’s patients, joined the Cavs Girls for a dance routine especially designed to accommodate […]
More than 1,000 attendees celebrated Akron Children’s Hospital’s upcoming 125th birthday at an anniversary gala on Sept. 12. The event highlighted our generous community’s support and was presented by the Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital.