“Dancing for the Kids” to support pediatric cancer research at Akron Children’s Hospital


Dancing for the Kids features nine local personalities who will put on their dancing shoes to raise funds for pediatric cancer research at Akron Children’s Hospital. This year’s dancers are:

• Lisa Abraham, food writer and columnist at the Akron Beacon Journal
• Chuck Collins, operations manager for Rubber City Radio Group WAKR/WONE/WQMX
• Rich Heldenfels, pop culture writer and columnist at the Akron Beacon Journal
• Abby Hexamer, former hematology and oncology patient at Akron Children’s Hospital
• Frank LaRose, Ohio State Senator
• Jon Oldham, attorney at Oldham Kramer
• Stephanie Savelli, MD, director, cancer survivorship program at Akron Children’s Hospital
• Katie Smucker, community leader
• Shannon Steele, co-host of Keith & Shannon on 98.1 WKDD

The event will be emceed by WKDD’s Keith Kennedy, and the dancing partners are from the University of Akron. Tickets start at $25 and may be purchased online at

All proceeds up to $100,000 from the event will be matched by the Showers Family Foundation. The event is hosted by the Emerging Leaders Board of Akron Children’s Hospital.

Nov. 9, 2012
8 p.m.

Akron Civic Theatre
Akron, Ohio

Every month, six children are diagnosed with some form of cancer at Akron Children’s Hospital. Akron Children's cancer program is ranked by the “U.S. News & World Report” as one of the best among children's hospitals nationwide. The program, housed in the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, ranks in the top one-third of pediatric cancer centers in the U.S. in terms of the number of new cancer cases treated each year and is a member of the Children's Oncology Group (COG), the world's largest childhood cancer research entity.                

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