The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon & Marathon

Team Ernie

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Our son Ernie has been a patient at Nationwide Children's since he was two days old. Ernie has spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit, on the neurology floor, in the craniofacial clinic, and in neurosurgery. Additionally, he has received physical and speech therapy at the hospital. We will be forever grateful for the excellent inpatient and outpatient care Ernie has received at Nationwide from the dedicated and knowledgeable staff. Additionally, we are humbled by the other patients and families we've met at the hospital who face incredible challenges.

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. I am participating in the race for this mission and I am determined to help children from all 50 states and more than 60 countries treated at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

I (Dave) will be running the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Half Marathon on October 21st for Ernie and for all patients of the hospital. Donations are welcome and appreciated. Would you like to join me to run the full or half marathon? A full or half marathon feels easy when you think of the journeys some of these children are on.

Thank you for the overwhelming support we've received over the past few years.


Ernie, Dave, and Mary Nguyen

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