The 5th Annual Megans Miles Run/Walk to be Held May 27

May 21, 2012

The 5th Annual Megan’s Miles Run/Walk, benefitting Muscular Dystrophy research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, will be held on Sunday, May 27 at noon at Central Crossing High School.

Attendees are encouraged to lace up their shoes and run or walk in this special fundraiser in honor of a Nationwide Children’s employee who passed away four years ago in a tragic car accident. Megan Schlaegel was a part of the research team at Nationwide Children’s and was involved in researching opportunities for improving treatment for muscular dystrophy. 

This year is particularly special because Megan’s contributions resulted in a major publication in the March 2012 issue of the Annals of Neurology describing the first newborn screening study of its kind that will be a lasting legacy for her hard work and dedication. Favorably changing the outcome of muscular dystrophy for kids with this disease will depend on starting treatment in the newborn period or shortly thereafter. 

“We will never forget Megan’s determination to make this possible for babies with the disease,” said Dr. Jerry Mendell, director of the Center for Gene Therapy at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  

In honor of her passion to find a cure, this event was organized by the family and friends of the Schlaegel family with the help of the Columbus Running Company Charity Fund. In 2011, Megan’s Miles raised nearly $12,000 for Nationwide Children’s and the team hopes to double last year’s contributions. 

The 4-mile run and 1.5-mile walk will begin and end at Central Crossing High School. Registration is $17 per person, $12 per person for groups/families of three or more, or $22 the day of the race. To register for Megan’s Miles, visit www.columbusrunning.com.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.