When Parker Widmer and her parents returned to Akron Children’s Hospital’s Paul and Carol David Foundation Burn Institute on Oct. 9, it was a happy reunion with Dr. Benjamin Lou and her nurses and therapists. In appreciation for her care in the center this past summer, the family brought a cash donation, stuffed animals, books and […]
Willie the pony made many lasting memories during his first official visit to Akron Children’s Hospital, greeting patients bedside on Tuesday. Willie Nelson, a therapy pony handled by Victory Gallop in Bath Township, gets around town. Since his arrival to Bath Township in October, he’s been spotted shopping at several local pet stores. And you […]
Petie the Pony created an amazing therapeutic service legacy during his lifetime, warming the hearts of thousands of patients at Akron Children’s Hospital since he began visiting in 1995. After his death in September at age 26, his handlers at Victory Gallop, a therapeutic riding program in Bath Township, immediately began searching for another pony […]
Petie the Pony returned to Akron Children’s Hospital to celebrate 20 years of delighting our patients, families and staff. He was joined by Kim Gustley and Toril Simon, his handlers from Victory Gallop, for a meet and greet in Perkins Square Park. They had plenty of company as dozens of visitors stopped by his tent, […]
It’s almost National Therapy Animal Day (April 30) with Pet Partners, and we can’t wait to celebrate the amazing impact they have on our patients! Many research studies show the benefits and value of therapy animals, but Jerry Miller, 12, and Jack Lehman, 16, can personally speak to the comfort and healing they experienced. They […]
It is not without some heroic effort on the behalf of the staff at Victory Gallop that Petie the Pony makes his weekly hospital visits. But every ounce of energy expended to prepare the half miniature horse, half pony is paid off in smiles, giggles and parental gratitude.