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December 2013

Delivering joy, one gift at a time

Each December, the volunteer offices on the Akron and Beeghly campuses are filled with holiday cheer and donations for our patients, and this year is no different. Generous community members and organizations, such as KinderCare Learning Centers, have donated everything from books, gift cards and teddy bears to ensure our patients have the happiest of holidays. This year, it took KinderCare two minivans and a bus to deliver more than 1,500 bears. Read more


Haitian toddler has angels in Akron

Drs. Jeff and Ellen Kempf served as the legal guardians and surrogate parents for Bill-Kelf Bully (known as Kelf) – a toddler from Haiti – who needed emergency heart surgery for tetralogy of fallot, a rare condition caused by a combination of four heart defects. Following a trip to Haiti this November, the Kempfs brought Kelf to Akron, where he had surgery on Nov. 20. In early December, he returned home to his parents with a healthy heart. Read more

The tree was hung by the crane with care

Building on the Promise Project Superintendent Tom Conti wanted to do something special for Akron Children’s patients, so he and his family found a 13-foot tree that they cut down and decorated. The tree was then hung from a crane at the construction site for our patients to enjoy this holiday season. Read more

Happy holidays!

Happy holidays to you and your family from Akron Children’s Hospital! Now and throughout the year, Akron Children’s wishes you warm hearts, magical moments and simple joys. Happy holidays, and a happy new year!

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Calendar of Events
Quaker Steak & Lube Dine to Donate

Dec. 30, 4 -9 p.m.
North Canton location
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Brighten Up for the Kids

Now - Jan. 7
Youngstown Cycle Supply 
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Children's Cheer Classic

 Jan. 26, 9 a.m.
John S. Knight Center
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Wanted: Change Bandits

The 15th annual “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” radiothon will take place Feb. 13-15. You can do your part to support Akron Children’s Hospital by becoming a Change Bandit and collecting spare change to donate during radiothon. Sign up now

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