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Tree lights up Akron Children’s Hospital campus

12/13/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Ken Crisafi
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron Children’s Hospital Christmas tree was lit Dec. 7 at an event attended by families whose lives have been touched by the hospital.

Among those who attended was 1-year-old Rocco Stecz, of Wadsworth, who is shown at right middle with his mother, Catina Stecz, and brother Louie Stecz, 11. Rocco spent some time in the neonatal intensive care unit when he was born, his mother said.

Getting the chance to push the button inside to light the outdoor tree were, shown at right top, from left, Tyler Lambert, 6, of Ravenna; Marisa Vincent, 8, of Warren; and Merissa Crew, 7, of Ravenna. Marisa was a hospital patient earlier this year after she was injured in an accident, and siblings Tyler and Merissa were patients after being involved in a car accident.

On hand to help spread some holiday cheer with music were members of the Firestone High School Madrigals, who are pictured at right bottom. Students from Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts also performed.

The tree, which is outside in Perkins Park, is shown at left after it was lighted.

This was the 19th year for the tree lighting, which is organized by the Akron Children’s Hospital Women’s Board.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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