Children's Hospital Nurse, Ed. Asst. Steadfast

Dereon North's Story Will Inspire You
Posted on 05/23/2022
Image of Dereon North(by Kathy Johnson, Children's Hospital)

In 2010, at the age of 2-½, Dereon North’s life was forever changed when she awoke from a nap unable to move. Dereon was eventually diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a neurological condition that left her paralyzed from the neck down.

Fast forward 12 years and Dereon is now an eighth-grader at East Middle School in Akron. She plays the flute, participates in student council, performed as an Oompa Loompa in East’s spring production of Willy Wonka, and helps manage the softball team. Next year, she has plans to join East High School’s marching band.

If there was ever a poster child for not letting your disabilities stop you from living life to the fullest, Dereon is it. And she achieves it all with the support of her parents and siblings (Diandra, Darmetrus and Destina), friends, and the aid of Akron Children’s school health licensed practical nurse Lynette Walker and Akron Public Schools’ educational assistant Kathy Klein, who spend each school day by her side.

Akron Children’s School-Based Health Services provides care and health education in schools throughout northeast Ohio – collaborating with school districts to address the health care needs of their students to make a positive impact on school performance and manage individual student health needs in the school setting. Read more here >>.

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