Marathon’s Patient Champions

Sunbury News Staff

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon Announce 2017 Patient Champions

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon is pleased to announce its “Patient Champions” who will represent 24 of the 26 miles on this year’s course. The other two miles along the Marathon route will be deemed the “Encore Mile” and “Angel Mile,” and many miles will be sponsored by a corporate or community organization.

After reviewing more than 200 submissions of personal stories submitted through social networking sites and the hospital’s website, Patient Champions, who are current or former patients of Nationwide Children’s, were selected by a committee of hospital staff based on various criteria, including diversity of diagnosis, age and enthusiasm to cheer on race participants at their mile.

A full list of Patient Champions can be found below.

The Encore Mile will feature Patient Champions who were honored along the race route the previous five years.

The Angel Mile is dedicated to the angels of Nationwide Children’s who are no longer here with us. The Angel Mile will be lined with banners and represented by families celebrating the lives of their children while cheering on participants.

Marathon and ½ Marathon participants are encouraged to serve as “Children’s Champions” and raise donations on behalf of Nationwide Children’s.

More than $6 million have been raised for Nationwide Children’s since 2012 thanks to participants’ fundraising efforts, corporate and community sponsorships and matches by the Marathon board.

Corporate or community organizations interested in becoming a partner in this year’s event may contact Morgen Spon with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation at 614-355-5419.

To read more about the Patient Champions’ stories and to support Nationwide Children’s, visit

The 38th Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2017 and will feature up to 18,000 athletes.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon is the largest marathon in Ohio and one of the top 20 marathons in the United States.

The 2017 Patient Champions:

• Deacon Binegar, 11, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Danville, OH 43014

• Olivia Cacchio, 9, Audiology, Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, Grove City, OH 43123

• Allie Crescenzi, 9, Enlarged Tonsils and Adenoids, Grove City, OH 43123

• Bo Bidwell, 6, Short Bowel Syndrome, Heath, OH 43056

• Izzy Ford, 6, Down Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder/Pulmonary Dysplasia, Circleville, OH 43113

• Mya Garrison, 15, Atypical Septic Shock, Supraventricular, Blacklick, OH 43004

• Ally Oross, 9, Midline Cleft Lip and Palate, Grandview, OH 43212

• Sawyer Gohs, 8, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bexley, OH 43209

• Amelia Griffin, 7, Stage IV Neuroblastoma, Ada, OH 45810

• Joseph Iozzi, 4, Micro preemie, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia , Retinopathy of Prematurity, Hilliard, OH 43016

• Jacob Koch, 11, Wilms’ Tumor, Powell, OH 43065

• Matthew Manivilovski, 11, Traumatic Head Injury, Delaware, OH 43015

• Ashlee Mascolino, 15, Asthma/Selective Immune Deficiency/Migraines, Hilliard, OH 43026

• Trevan McCracken, 4, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Findlay, OH 45840

• Andrew Nichols, 11, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Newark, OH 43055

• Anna Marie Peterman, 17, Moebius Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety and GI Motility Disorder, Marysville, OH 43040

• Carson Roof, 7, Cerebral Palsy/Occipital Encephalocele, Carey, OH 43316

• Halle Roper, 13, Down Syndrome/Congenital Heart Defect, Dublin, OH 43016

• Joshua Rumschlag, 4, Prematurity/Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia/Amblyopia/Esotropia, Hilliard, OH 43026

• William Schaefer, 16, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Lexington, OH 44904

• Isabel Smeltzer, 13, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Zanesville, OH 43701

• Kyla Thompson, 12, Tetralogy of Fallot/Type I Diabetes Frankfort, KY 40601

• Jagger Thornton, 5, Type I Diabetes, Mansfield, OH 44907

• Bella Walter, 7, Phelan McDermid Syndrome/Polymicrogyria/Cortical Visual Impairment/Autonomic Dysfunction, Arlington, OH 45814

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