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Meet the 2022 Marathon Mile Champions #16-20!

It’s time to meet our fourth group of 2022 Marathon Mile Champions!

Every year, 24 patients treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are selected to line each mile of the race, share their story and inspire others. Each Marathon Mile Champion picks a theme for their mile and is looking forward to celebrating with you on race day. We know that reading their stories will give you that extra motivation you need to finish your training strong.

Here are the Marathon Mile Champions for miles 16-20:

Jeremiah is Mile Marker #16!

Age on Race Day: 5

Diagnosis: Prematurity, BPD, Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy

Mile Marker Theme: Jeremiah's Story ("No hand is too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world")

Born prematurely and placed on a ventilator for the first 6 ½ months of his life, Jeremiah finally went home after nine months under intensive care. Here’s a link to his full story.

Bowden is Mile Marker #17!

Age on Race Day: 6

Diagnosis: Speech

Mile Marker Theme: Hunting and fishing

Bowden struggles with speech issues due to frequent ear infections as a baby, but he is not letting it slow him down. Here's a link to his full story.

Emma is Mile Marker #18!

Age on Race Day: 11

Diagnosis: Hirschsprung’s Disease

Mile Marker Theme: Video Games/color explosion

Emma was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s Disease, which involves missing nerve cells in the muscles of the colon. After a misdiagnosis and numerous surgeries, Emma is thriving thanks to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Here's a link to her full story.

Aleonah-Lou “Lou-Lou” is Mile Marker #19!

Age on Race Day: 11

Diagnosis: Tracheomalacia, Benign Hypermobility Syndrome

Mile Marker Theme: Dance with Lou!

Born prematurely, Aleonah was diagnosed with Tracheomalacia making breathing extremely difficult. Here’s a link to her full story.

Cortney is Mile Marker #20!

Age on Race Day: 23

Diagnosis: Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, Neuromuscular Scoliosis

Mile Marker Theme: The Power of a SMILE

At the age of 1, Cortney was diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy (SQCP), a form of cerebral palsy that makes it difficult to control arm and leg movements. Here's a link to her full story.

Stay tuned to learn more about the incredible Marathon Mile Champions you’ll see along the course!

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