Twenty Six Inspiring Stories at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon

On Oct. 20, 2013, 18,000 runners and walkers will support patients at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital with every step they take. Each mile of the marathon is dedicated to a Miracle Mile Patient Champion — a patient at the hospital with a story to inspire. At each mile marker, these courageous kids will be on hand to cheer on the participants and motivate them through their journey.

Molly’s Mile 13
Each year, Nationwide chooses an associate’s son or daughter — a current patient at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital — to sponsor at the race. Nationwide Children’s Hospital has made a big difference in Molly’s life, a 15-year-old type 1 diabetic who will be representing Mile 13. Each patient is encouraged to decorate his or her mile marker, so expect to see lots of smiley faces as you pass by Mile 13!

Meet all of our Miracle Mile Patient Champions

NameMile MarkerBeing treated for
SkylerMile 1Cerebral palsy
WillMile 2Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
ColtMile 3Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)
KinleyMile 4Leukemia
NickMile 5Cystic fibrosis
AddieMile 6Retinopathy of prematurity
AdelynMile 7Congenital hypothyroid
RudyMile 8Leukemia
JustusMile 9Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
MorganMile 10Gastroparesis
MadelineMile 11Stage 4 neuroblastoma
The Angel MileMile 12A special mile dedicated to the patients who have passed away
MollyMile 13Type 1 diabetes
KatelynnMile 14Chronic lung disease, osteoporosis and kidney disease
KylieMile 15A rare chromosome disorder, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, physical disabilities and cognitive delays
AshleyMile 16Synovial sarcoma and typhlitis
ConnorMile 17Hydrops fetalis
OwenMile 18Terminal mitochondrial disease
The Encore MileMile 19A special mile dedicated to the 25 patients who were represented at last year’s marathon
Dae’shaun MartinMile 20Progressive myoclonus epilepsy (PME)
BryerMile 21Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)
CamdonMile 22Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
GavinMile 23Autism
HeatherMile 24Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
KinzleyMile 25Hurler Syndrome
MadisonMile 26Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

For the second year in a row, the hospital will be the title beneficiary of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. Our partnership with last year’s marathon helped raise nearly $1 million for the hospital.

This year’s marathon registration is completely sold out, but you can still show your support by joining the Children’s Champion and fundraising for Molly and other Miracle Mile Patient Champions.