Grateful Maryland family gives back to Akron Children’s


On Aug. 16, the first anniversary of the tragic accident that took his wife’s life and injured his two sons, Ed Slattery of Cockeysville, Md., will return to Akron Children’s Hospital to say thank you.

While traveling to Maryland following a family reunion in Cleveland, Ed’s wife, Susan, was killed, and his two sons, Peter, now 17, and Matthew, now 13, were severely injured after being hit by a semi on the Ohio Turnpike. Both Peter and Matthew received treatment at Akron Children’s during the month following the accident.

During their visit at the hospital on Aug. 16, the family will visit with the doctors and staff members who cared for them, and make a $100,000 donation to create the Peter and Matthew Slattery Fund, which will be used to provide financial resources for patients requiring additional rehabilitation services, such as physical, occupational, speech, expressive and other therapies, after insurance coverage ends.

Additionally, Dollar, Burns & Becker L.C., a law firm located in Kansas City, Mo., will be contributing $10,000 to the new fund.

A 30-minute press conference will begin at 1 p.m. in the Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center at Akron Children’s (located on the hospital’s sixth floor).

Ed Slattery will update the media on Peter and Matthew’s progress, and Michael Bigham, MD, will be available to answer questions.

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