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Kylie Rose Jacobs

Sending Bags of Love and Running the Race to Fight Cancer You wouldn’t expect a 6-year-old child who is lying in a hospital bed fighting cancer to be thinking about anything more than missing her friends, losing her hair and her own health prognosis. But then you don’t know Kylie Jacobs, who has fought cancer […]

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Victoria Tifft

Philanthropy at the Cellular Level Pursuing Cures for Global and Local Ails By Chris Miller, Akron Community Foundation Twenty-five years ago, while working for the Peace Corps, Victoria Tifft lay fever-stricken in a Togo, West Africa, hospital bed. The fever was familiar: It was the third time the infectious disease biologist had contracted malaria, a […]

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Tommy Bruno

Rocking into the Hardship of Recovery The Greater Akron region is no stranger to addiction issues, and in turn, to creating measures to resolve those issues and to help those in need. As early as 1935, Henrietta Seiberling, daughter-in-law of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company founder F.A. Seiberling, brought Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, both admitted alcoholics, […]

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Amy and Jeff Belles

Building Sensory-Inclusive Areas for All Ages Amy Belles can tell us a lot about breaking the barriers of the status quo. Having a non-verbal autistic son taught her and her husband, Jeff, not just a lot about how to deal with autism, but maybe more about how to deal with the environments he and so […]

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Opiod Crisis

ADM Board, Greg McNeil, Shelly and Travis Bornstein, Jonathan Greer Opioid Crisis Sparks Fight for Lives The opiate crisis is a formidable foe. Its death toll is staggering, reaching record levels in 2016.  It has strained community budgets; led to divisive debates and broken innumerable hearts. But the people of Summit County have harnessed their […]

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Giant Eagle and Akron Children’s Hospital

Giant Eagle and Akron Children’s Hospital The Wind Beneath Their Wings In the three decades that Giant Eagle has operated stores in Northeast Ohio, it has lent its support to Akron Children’s Hospital.  From leading market-wide fundraisers to providing birthday cakes to hospitalized patients, the Pittsburgh-based retailer has helped make a difference in the lives […]

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Tony Gorant Community Leadership Institute, Cleveland Clinic Akron General

The Tony Gorant Community Leadership Institute Keeping a Memory Alive by Educating Caregivers About Their Community Legend has it that Tony Gorant would say: “Giving back is better than sitting back.” He never lived to know the extent to which his wife, Toby, would take that philosophy to heart. Tony Gorant worked for Ohio Edison […]

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Nancy and Vincent DiGirolamo

Nancy and Vincent DiGirolamo Thankful Couple Honors Caregivers by Establishing a Legacy Nancy and Vincent DiGirolamo are longtime benefactors of Summa Health. As a retired president, chairman and CEO of National City Bank, and vice chairman of National City Corporation, Vincent served on Summa Health boards for many years and was also chair of the […]

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Aiden Dine

Aiden Dine, who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when he was 15 months old, represented the American Diabetes Association’s Team Tackle in April 2016 in Washington, D.C.

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