If you saw Elijah “Eli” Golden out on the football field marching with the McKinley High School Marching Band, you wouldn’t know he is hearing impaired. The sophomore drummer is keeping the beat by feeling the sound vibrations all around him. “If he can’t hear the music going on, that’s fine because he can feel […]
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A typical day for Wyatt Brown is spent ‘doing jobs’ around his house like picking up frogs, digging in dirt and learning how to fix things. But last year, just a day after his 4th birthday, Wyatt’s days were anything but typical as he started testing and treatment at the Showers Family Center for Childhood […]
They say practice makes perfect so, as a competitive swimmer on the Poland Seminary High School swim team, Haley Donnadio did just that. Every swim season since she was a freshman, she practiced 2 hours a day, 6 days a week. She swam lap after lap to build strength and endurance but, as her senior season […]
Nine-year-old Dylan Modelski only knows one speed – fast – and he applies it to all 5 sports he plays. But, this spring, the Poland McKinley third grader was diagnosed with a brain tumor that he couldn’t out run on his own. “The school nurse called to tell me she was concerned about Dylan’s reaction […]
Ten years ago, having made it through fertility treatments and a threatened miscarriage, I was finally allowing myself to be excited that we were a little over halfway to our anticipated due date. We didn’t want to know if we were having a boy or a girl so, when I went into premature labor at […]
One of the dreaded complications of sickle cell disease happens when sickle-shaped red blood cells cause large amounts of blood to pool in the spleen. It happened to Karson George of Canton in August 2019, when he was 9 months old. Normal red blood cells are round and flexible, allowing them to flow easily through […]