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Akron doctor to appear on 'Kelly Clarkson Show' to share story of how he helps ease fears for children undergoing surgery

During his appearance on Clarkson’s show, Dr. Parry will be awarded with $1,000 from Pilot Pen.

AKRON, Ohio — An Akron doctor has landed in the national spotlight on Friday as he’s featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Clarkson is showcasing the story of pediatric surgeon Dr. Bob Parry to share how he’s helped ease the fears of children going through surgery by drawing colorful characters on their bandages.

It’s something he’s been doing for decades, but Dr. Parry tells Clarkson the idea came from one of his mentors in the early ‘90s as he was undergoing training at a naval hospital.

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“He used to cut out sharks for boys and hearts for girls,” Dr. Parry explains to Clarkson. “The kids just loved it. You could see they really enjoyed it.”

Dr. Parry estimates that he’s drawn approximately 10,000 of these special bandages throughout the last 30 years. His drawings include a wide array of characters that include Mickey Mouse, Batman, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Olaf and more.

During his appearance on Clarkson’s show, Dr. Parry will be awarded with $1,000 from Pilot Pen.

The episode featuring Dr. Parry airs at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 on WKYC Channel 3.

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Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated story on Nov. 30, 2021.

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