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Kids Day 2015: A day of hope and heroes

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On Tuesday, thousands of volunteers will help The Buffalo News sell a special Kids Day edition, the proceeds of which benefit Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, the Robert Warner MD Center for Children with Special Needs, Children’s Charities of Western New York and Cradle Beach.

If you cannot buy a paper but would like to donate, please click here or call 849-4526.

Drew Beiter, 9, of Lockport, displays a drawing he made of Spiderman that he hope will be included in the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital mosaic.   (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Drew Beiter, 9, of Lockport, displays a drawing he made of Spiderman that he hope will be included in the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital mosaic. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Art project puts a face on hospital’s futureCan an art project build a bridge between a beloved but outdated hospital and its shiny new replacement? And, along the way, raise $1 million?

Ashton Smith, 5, left, and his brother and best friend Preston, 6, at their Salamanca home April 8.   Ashton walked for the first time this past January.  (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Ashton Smith, 5, left, and his brother and best friend Preston, 6, at their Salamanca home April 8. Ashton walked for the first time this past January. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

From tragedy to triumph, one step at a time: Ashton Smith, who possesses a mischievous grin and as much positive energy as his tiny frame can contain, started walking in January. He wasn’t expected to do that. But then, Ashton, who is 5, has a history of blasting the odds makers out of the water.

11-month-old Annabel Mendoza, who was born 10 weeks prematurely with esophageal atresia, cuddles close to her father, Joel, and mother, Courtney Depoty, while preparing for a procedure at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo on April 9. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

11-month-old Annabel Mendoza, who was born 10 weeks prematurely with esophageal atresia, cuddles close to her father, Joel, and mother, Courtney Depoty, while preparing for a procedure at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo on April 9. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Novel treatment uses magnets to connect baby’s esophagus: Being fed through a feeding tube every day doesn’t bother Annabel Mendoza – it’s all she has known since she was born with esophageal atresia, a condition in which her esophagus formed with two distinct ends that did not meet in the middle.

Jacob Miller, 16, works out at Steel Mill Gym in Lackawanna on April 9 as part of his rehabilitation from a serious motocross accident. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Jacob Miller, 16, works out at Steel Mill Gym in Lackawanna on April 9 as part of his rehabilitation from a serious motocross accident. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

For Jake Miller, powering back from brain trauma means ‘never give up’: In the year and a half since Jake Miller’s head hit the ground and his brain stopped sending efficient signals to the right side of his body, he and his family have taken an intensive, round-the-clock, marathon training approach to helping him recover from a skull fracture, concussion and bleeding in the brain.

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PHOTO GALLERY: The kids of Kids Day 2015

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