2012 Change Bandit Spotlight: Our most valuable possessions

2012-02-01 13:02:36 by Theresa Attalla, PR Intern, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.

Todd and Kelly Blakeslee have three children, who have each been treated at Akron Children’s Hospital. This year, the entire family has signed up to be Change Bandits to raise money for the 2012 "Have a Heart, Do Your Part" radiothon, which airs. Feb. 9-11 on 98.1 WKDD. Here, Todd and Kelly share how impressed they are with Akron Children’s treatment.

To see your children sick, in pain, or have a serious condition is a very scary experience as a parent. You are putting your most valuable possessions in the hands of a stranger.

Unfortunately, we have been through this experience with each of our children, but Akron Children’s Hospital has been amazing to us.

Our oldest son, Preston, has asthma and has had his adenoids and tonsils removed. He also had a severe complication from his asthma and had to spend 24 hours at the hospital. He is doing well now, but we still need to see various specialists from time to time to deal with some complications.

At six months old, our eldest daughter, Sophie, was diagnosed with kidney reflux disease. She too had to have her adenoids and tonsils removed, along with getting ear tubes. She is six now and doing well, but additional follow-up visits are needed.

Olivia, our youngest daughter, who is just one, recently was diagnosed with a serious, but treatable condition. She had many invasive tests to receive this diagnosis and during our frequent visits, everyone, from the person checking us in, to the technicians, nurses and doctors, has been wonderful. When your child just turned one and is going through so much already, it is extremely comforting to be surrounded by such caring staff members.

We have been so impressed with how well Akron Children’s caters to children. When we go home from an Akron Children’s visit, we leave with the feeling we did the right thing by taking them there. With our youngest, we will be dealing with her diagnosis and the doctor’s office for a very long time. Although we are by no means excited about it, we are thankful she will be treated at Akron Children’s where we know she and our whole family will be cared for.

We cannot wait to give back to the 2012 Radiothon to show our thanks and gratitude to Akron Children’s Hospital.

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