During a conversation we had with an Akron Children’s employee a couple of months ago, he mentioned an event called Walk for Babies. It’s an event celebrating the neonatal intensive care unit at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Bekah spent 10 weeks in Akron Children’s Hospital’s NICU. Since her discharge in January, we have returned a few times to visit friends who were still there — still waiting for that chance to take a little person home for the first time, even if it was weeks, or months, later than planned.
When Bernie Schwartz and his best friend, Maddie, walk through Akron Children’s Hospital, it’s hard for them to get far without being stopped. “Awww, can I pet her?” visitors say right before they’re greeted with a wagging tale and sloppy kisses.
As the longest serving handler and an original member of Akron Children’s Doggie Brigade, Bernie has been bringing joy and comfort to sick kids for 20 years.