There were milestones and triumphs sprinkled throughout or “In the Moment” posts from January. We invite you to take a glance at those you may have missed, or a second peek at those you’ve already enjoyed.
1. After countless treatments and trips to Akron Children’s throughout the past year, Thursday was full of good surprises at the hospital – her caregivers sang to her in the exam room and presented a cake, card, and Bravery Award for her to take home. Then, on her way out of the hematology/oncology clinic, more than 20 staff members showered her with ribbons, high fives, hugs and best wishes.
2. 9-year-old Layla is loving her new life in Ohio! She was abandoned in China because of dwarfism, but was adopted by Lisa & Joseph Popik through the Little People of America. Dr. Dennis Weiner cares for both Layla & Lisa in our Skeletal Dysplasia Center.
4. Not so long ago in a galaxy we call home, Zachary and Elijah Kitzberger received Star Wars-themed R2-D2 and BB-8 cranial remodeling helmets to treat their positional plagiocephaly following evaluation at the Akron Children’s Plastic, Reconstructive and Craniofacial Surgery Center The force applied by these helmets will be with them for 3-4 months, but the benefits will last a lifetime.
6. It’s an exciting day for the Perry family. Their twins Emma Grace & Eli born Sept. 10 are finally making the long drive home to family in Florida! They were born 8 weeks early in Akron while escaping Hurricane Irma then spent 100+ days in our NICU.
7. Gina Altieri tragically lost her 10-year-old son, Gino, to cancer 5 years ago. Today, she selflessly draws on that experience to be our Patient Navigator and walk alongside other families during their cancer journey.
8. 43. That’s number of surgeries 12-year-old Devyn Emmons has undergone. And there’s more on the way next week. Born with gastroschisis and arthrogryposis, he faces multiple chronic health concerns with an amazingly positive attitude and his trusty service dog, Kite.
9. Calling all cupids! Know a child with a chronic illness or cancer who would love to get a Valentine’s Day surprise package in the mail (siblings too)? Share this post so they can check out The Valentine Project. We want as many of our patients as possible to experience this. Thanks to the Unkefers for sharing these photos from 2017.
10. The Original Harlem Globetrotters Zeus McClurkin has traveled the world sharing his love of basketball with millions of fans, including patients at more than 150 hospitals. He stopped by Akron Children’s today to demonstrate his ball handling skills to our kids — even letting them take the ball for a “spin.”