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The Spring Girls on the Run team chose Akron Children's Hospital (ACH) for their Community Impact Project. Anthony Solari, a brain tumor survivor and patient of ACH, was invited to be a guest speaker at a GOTR meeting. Anthony recounted his surgery and rehabilitation experience and expressed how important toys are to the kids there. As he described, toys are given to cheer kids up, to help them feel safe, to motivate kids to keep working hard, and as rewards for accomplishing their therapy goals.
Hearing this personal story, the girls were inspired to donate toys and handmade cards full of well-wishes and encouragement for future patients. Anthony also shared that while people may think ACH has lots of toys, you would be surprised to know that more than 700,000 children visit ACH each year. That's a lot of children who could all use a little joy. If interested in donating or volunteering at ACH, visit www.akronchildrens.org or call 330-543-8340.