(From the September 2013 issue of Inside Nationwide Children's)
Battelle custodian Brandon Lipsey was just doing his job one evening when he came across an office door decorated with origami butterflies. The door belonged to Jennifer Sawchuk, whose son Nick, a patient at Nationwide Children’s undergoing treatment for a brain tumor, was a 2012 Marathon Patient Champion. Jennifer had decorated her office door to promote the marathon and Nick’s mile.
Brandon left Jennifer a note explaining, “The rest of my shift all I could think about was your family and Nicholas, thinking things like how strong and brave he probably is, how smart he is and what I can do to tell you how he inspired me.”
Brandon was so inspired by Nick’s story and the photos and decorations on Jennifer’s door that even though they had never met, he signed up for, and completed, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon in Nick’s honor – after never running a day in his life.
Jennifer, Nick and Brandon didn’t meet until June 2013 when Nick brought Brandon a basket of his origami butterflies from his marathon mile. Brandon is planning to run the marathon again this year in honor of Nick. He hopes, with more time to train, to be a little faster.
This year, Nick will be part of the Encore Mile at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon on October 20. It’s not too late to help fundraise and support the hospital by becoming a Children’s Champion. Visit NationwideChildrens.org/Childrens-Champions to make a donation and to learn more about the Marathon Patient Champions.