Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon Announce 2019 Patient Champions

June 11, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon is pleased to announce the 2019 “Patient Champions” who will represent 24 of the 26 miles on the course. The other two miles, the Encore Mile, will honor former Marathon Patient Champions, and the Angel Mile, will celebrate the lives of those who are no longer with us.

A committee of hospital staff selected this year’s Marathon Patient Champions after a review of several inspiring patient stories submitted via the hospital’s social networking sites \ and Patient Champions, current or former patients of Nationwide Children’s, were chosen based on various criteria, including diversity of diagnosis, age and enthusiasm to cheer on race participants at their mile. A full list of the Patient Champions is below.

To help fund the lifesaving research and care taking place at Nationwide Children’s, marathon and ½ marathon participants are encouraged to fundraise as “Children’s Champions.” 2019 marks the eighth year the hospital is the title beneficiary of the marathon, receiving more than $8 million, including over $1 million from the Columbus Marathon Board of Directors.

Corporate or community organizations interested in becoming a partner in 2019 may contact Morgen Spon with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation at (614) 355-5419. To read more about the marathon Patient Champions and to support Nationwide Children’s, please visit

The 40th Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon is Sunday, October 20 at 7:30 a.m. at North Bank Park. It is one of the Top 20 marathons in the United States. For more information, visit

The 2019 Patient Champions: 

  • Evan Alioto, 17, Visually & Hearing Impaired, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 43068
  • Madelyn Armbrust, 5, CDKL5, Epilepsy, Blacklick, Ohio, 43004
  • Brantley Bible, 7, Osteochondral Fractured Right  Knee, Howard, Ohio, 43028
  • Monroe Cass, 4, Spastic Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly, Blacklick, Ohio, 43004
  • Cameron Doelling, 6, Double Outlet Right Ventricle, Hilliard, Ohio, 43026
  • Achiga Dor, 8, Anorectal Malformation Sylvania, Ohio, 43560
  • Joaquin Duran, 10, Cleft Lip & Palate, Severe Reflux, Columbus, Ohio, 43224
  • Levi Fleshman, 4, Nephrotic Syndrome, End Stage Renal Disease, Williamsport, Ohio 43164
  • Jack Fulkert, 6, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Dublin, Ohio, 43017
  • Bodie Harvey, 10, Shone’s Complex, London, Ohio,43140
  • Charlie Hill, 3, Down Syndrome, Columbus, Ohio, 43221
  • Matilda Hopkins, 6, Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Columbus, Ohio, 43212
  • Priscilla Jenkins, 16, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, Cerebral Palsy, Nystagmus, Columbus, Ohio, 43232
  • Julia Kuba, 12, Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, Marion, Ohio, 43302
  • Maelée Leonard, 4, Neuroectodermal Tumor, Pataskala, Ohio, 43062
  • Bhoomi Manjunatha, 8, Cerebral Palsy, Powell, Ohio, 43065
  • Conner McLaren, 13, Gender Dysphoria, ADHD, Lancaster, Ohio, 43130
  • Alexander Nyamohanga, 20, Sickle Cell Anemia, Multiple Strokes, Westerville, Ohio, 43081
  • Andrew Ricciardo, 12, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Major Depressive Disorder,, Gahanna, Ohio, 43230
  • Grant Richards, 5, Prematurity/Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Dublin, Ohio, 43016
  • Elizabeth Swartwout, 8, Bilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Powell, Ohio, 43065
  • Joseph Trester, 11, Juvenile Retinoschisis, Canal Winchester, Ohio, 43119
  • Sophia Walker, 14, Type 1 Diabetes, Hilliard, Ohio, 43026
  • Kael Wilson, 13, Beta Thalassemia Major, Bexley, Ohio, 43209

Note: Age on race day is reflected.

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