The Degenhard family of Louisville in Stark County knows first-hand how much it means to receive kindness during difficult times. For 4 years while their daughter, Taylor, battled an aggressive form of neuroblastoma, they received countless meals, kind gestures and support from family, friends, staff and strangers. Despite all the love, medicine and determination Taylor […]
On Tuesday, June 12, 6 members of TWIG #13 (Together With Important Goals), a local chapter of the nearly 500-volunteer strong group of women across northeast Ohio who bring smiles to the faces of Akron Children’s patients, presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to representatives from the Akron Children’s Rehabilitative Services. According to […]
There’s a sign on the door when you enter the back hallway of the rehabilitation department with a picture of a black lab that says, “Francis at work.” If you think the rehab department has gone to the dogs, you’re half right. On any day of the week you will find longtime Doggie Brigade™ sponsored […]
Veteran Akron Children’s Doggie Brigade™ handler Bernie Schwartz smiles as he pets the glossy coat of his black Labrador retriever, Maddie. “This is the best job I’ve ever had, and I’ve never made a dime,” he laughed. Schwartz joined Doggie Brigade in 1992, when former director of volunteer services Marilyn McGuckin lead the efforts to […]
Retiree Jim Kessell has been volunteering at Akron Children’s Hospital for 13 years. His special talent is what sets him apart from others – Jim is a paper engineer. What exactly is a paper engineer? He folds paper to occupy our patients while they’re waiting. It’s a perfect volunteer position for a retiree with a […]
When Rose Carlson turned 94, she was looking to shake things up a bit so she decided to start volunteering at Akron Children’s Hospital. Six years later, she’s still a regular at the hospital visitor desk, trading barbs and paperwork with her fellow volunteers.