My Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Fundraising Page!
Thank you for visiting my Children's Champion page! It's difficult to put into words how special Nationwide Children’s Hospital is to our family. Our son Henry, now 3 1/2, was born with a rare syndrome, Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN). Essentially, for an unknown reason, his circulatory system never switched over from fetal state at birth. This diagnosis came as a shock to us, as the pregnancy had been largely uneventful and there was no indication anything was awry prior to delivery.
From the moment we arrived at Children’s, we were blown away by the competence, warmth, and compassion exhibited by the doctors and nurses on staff. The first 48 hours were incredibly scary and full of uncertainty and we weren’t sure if our boy was going to make it. However, his treatment team was committed to doing everything possible to make sure he did, and after numerous tweaks to the vent settings and adjusting the dosages of several medications, he began to slowly and steadily improve. Throughout the darkest hours of this experience, Henry's team remained present and focused on his care and made sure we as his parents knew what was going on.
Exactly one month from today, our sweet and rambunctious boy turns four. Because of the doctors and nurses at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, he not only survived, but is thriving!
Did you know the purpose of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon is to raise funds to support life-saving research and care? Nationwide Children’s Hospital is committed to treating all children regardless of their family’s ability to pay, which cannot be achieved without community support and generosity.
Every year since Henry’s birth, I’ve considered training for the half-marathon, but have been unable to pull it together. Due to the pandemic, they're not holding the race this year, and instead are having participants fundraise remotely through the Meaningful Miles Challenge. I decided this is the year for me to participate. Over the next 30 days, I am pledging to run and/or walk 34 miles (a mile for each day Henry spent in the NICU). Additionally, our family will be participating in other Meaningful Miles challenges that I will be sharing via social media.
In a time when we are inundated with stories of the darkest aspects of humanity, it gives me hope to think of the good folks at Children’s working tirelessly to provide skilled and compassionate care to children and families from all over the world. It’s truly a remarkable and beautiful thing. Won't you join me in supporting this vital campaign?
Please consider supporting the most meaningful marathon in the country by making a donation today.
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