My Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon Fundraising Page!
When I can't do anything else, I run.
I ran my first road marathon in 2015 as a fundraiser for mental health awareness. I joined two friends in this journey as we trained and raised money in honor of one of their brothers whose mental health journey was cut short by death. While that training cycle and race were extremely impactful, marathon number six promises to hit even closer to home.
I am running the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon to raise money for the pediatric intensive care unit in honor of my 10-year old niece Norah. This past March, Norah was struck by an illness that pushed her body into sepsis shock and acute respiratory failure. After a 3+ week battle in the UVA PICU, Norah passed away. This lose was (and is) absolutely heartbreaking but we know the PICU staff bonded deeply with the family and did everything they could for Norah. We are raising funds to help ensure that other families have this same love and care as they travel their own journeys.
This will certainly be my hardest training cycle both physically and emotionally, but I'm again joined by two friends. I'm thankful that I can join two runners/fundraisers that knew Norah and are looking to honor her as well. Thanks to Lucy and Bree for coming up with this idea and letting me crash their party.
Normally, I don't disclose my stretch goals, but this time I'm doubling down. My two big goals are to set significant personal records in both racing and fundraising and I'm backing up both with a $500 challenge: $250 if I don't break 3:30 in the marathon and $250 if you help me raise $3000+ for the children's hospital PICU. #Run4Norah
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