Thank you for visiting my Children's Champion page. My daughter Gianna has SCN8A epilepsy and is now 3 1/2 years old. Her random genetic mutation damages one of the most important sodium channels in her nervous system. Her seizures are uncontrollable even with the best care, research and medicines available. Her development blunted by the burden of seizures. She will never walk, let alone run a marathon on her own. But when she smiles it is the best thing in the world.
I am running the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon as a Children's Champion to support the amazing people and services offered by Nationwide Children's Hospital. The miles ahead pale in comparison to the daily challenges faced by Gianna and other kids with chronic illness.
Please consider supporting the most meaningful marathon in the country by making a donation today. Thank you.