On that March day in 2009, Casey went to school at
Casey's mother, Maryann, came to the school and took her son to the hospital.
"He walked to the car and into the ER," she noted. "But as he was being weighed, he fell back into my arms."
Support from family, friends and strangers did wonders for the boy.
"Not a day went by, while he was hospitalized, that he didn't receive a card, letter and even gifts from friends and strangers alike," said Maryann. "It was such an uplifting thing for him and got him through many long weeks of being away from home."
Because of that support, Casey, now 18, was able to push forward, graduating from
"I thought it might be nice to leave an open invitation to those people who supported him with their letters, came to his fundraisers, helped with the addition, brought meals and kept him, and us, in their prayers," Maryann said. "It's not about gifts; it's about celebrating Casey and this very long journey."
The graduation party is from
Casey is currently focusing on finishing his driver's training so he can get hand controls in his car. Like many of his peers, he's undecided about a career path, but wants to explore options that include photography, business, public speaking and law.
The annual Tunnel of Thunder "Roarin' for a Cure," in support of Susan G. Komen Akron Race for the Cure, is
The race starts at
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Veterans' art show
The show includes visual art in various media, poetry, music, and therapeutic art, and is a collaboration between the
A resource table will feature information about organizations serving veterans and their families. Copies of "How to Witness Veterans' Stories," a handout of do's and don'ts created by veterans and therapists, will be available as well as information about the
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