Nationwide Childrens Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon Announce 2015 Patient Champions at RunFest

July 11, 2015

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 170 submissions of personal stories 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 2012, 2013 and 2014 race routes. The Angel Mile is dedicated to the angels of Nationwide Children’s who have already run their race. The Angel Mile will be lined with white feather 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. In the past three years, between participants’ fundraising efforts, corporate and community sponsorships and matches by the Marathon board, more than $3 million has been raised for Nationwide Children’s. To register to become a Children’s Champion visit
Partners that have committed to sponsoring a Miracle Mile along the 2015 Marathon route include: Platinum Sponsors LBrands and Nationwide; Gold Sponsor Cardinal Health; and Silver Sponsors Alliance Data, Big Lots, Campus Parc, Clif Bar, EAS Sports Nutrition, Fifth Third Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Kohl’s Department Stores, Kroger, Panera, PNC, Rocky Brands with Lucky Shoes, Stynchula Family Foundation with CarMax, The Superior Group and Zest Juice.
Corporate or community organizations interested in becoming a partner in this year’s event may contact Haley Dominique with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation at (614) 355-5421.
To read more about the Patient Champions’ stories and to support Nationwide Children’s, visit
The 36th Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015 and will have a capacity of 7,000 full marathoners and 12,000 participants in the ½ Marathon, which marks its 10th anniversary this year. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon is the 16th largest marathon in the United States and one of the top marathons to qualify runners for the Boston Marathon. For more information, visit
The 2015 Patient Champions: 
Jacob Addington, 5, Infantile Cerebral Palsy, Plymouth, OH 45654
Charlotte Baker, 3, Wilms’ Tumor, Glenford, OH 43739
Jenna Barnett, 24, Ewings Sarcoma, Columbus, OH 43202
Brenna Burrell, 11,  Prematurity, Columbus, OH 43235
Olivia Cameron, 6, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Dublin, OH 43017
Billy Chapman, 13, Legg-Clave-Perthes Disease, Columbus, OH 43228
Roman Cumpston, 7, Unilateral Hearing Loss, Columbus, OH 43228
Stormy Cushing, 23, Traumatic Brain Injury, Caledonia, OH 43314
Jermaine Davis, 13, Severe Hemophilia, Lancaster, OH 43130
James DeSantis, 7, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Columbus, OH 43221
Caroline Gilani, 7, Wilms’ Tumor, New Albany, OH 43054
Ailee Gilliland, 4, Facial Burns, Hilliard, OH 43026
Emily Gordon, 11, Cystic Fibrosis, Groveport, OH 43125
Sebastian Longstreth, 3, Down Syndrome and Chronic Respiratory Failure, Zanesville, OH 43701
Makaila Manley, 8, Spina Bifida, Grove City, OH 43123
Casper Montgomery, 18, High Triglycerides, Dublin, OH 43017     
Owen Mottie, 5, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Chillicothe, OH 45601
Gwen Mouat, 9,  Metabolic Disorder, New Albany, OH 43054
Gunner Myers, 2, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Wellston, OH 45692
Deirdre Ogilvie, 4,  Congenital Heart Defect, Lancaster, OH 43130
Madeleine Scott, 6, Chronic Allergic Inflammation , Delaware, OH 43015
Kolby Sherick, 4, Langer Giedion Syndrome, Marysville, OH 43040
Asher Taylor, 1, Cleft Lip & Palate, Grove City, OH 43123
Marissa Womack, 19, Autism, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care 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 more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 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 Abigail Wexner 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