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Akron Children’s ‘hero’ patients inspire Akron Marathon runners

Akron Children’s ‘hero’ patients inspire Akron Marathon runners

A little hero patient offers a big power boost to a passing runner in 2016

08-22-2017

Bring together thousands of committed runners and 14 hero patients who have overcome medical adversity and you can only imagine the cheers, smiles, high fives, power boosts, and maybe even tears of mutual respect and inspiration along the famed Blue Line for ‘Marathon Day” - always a day of celebration – in Akron, Ohio.   

This is the second year for Akron Children’s Hospital’s affiliation with the Akron Marathon and its role as the title beneficiary of the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series, culminating in the marquee event – the FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay on Sept. 23. 

Once again, Akron Children’s patients will be featured in “hero zones” along the 26.2 mile route.

“You can’t survive a children’s cancer ward and not remember the kids you knew who didn’t make it – all of them ghosts, wisps of light running beside me mile after mile,” Tullis has written. His memoir as a childhood cancer survivor, entitled, Running with Ghosts, will publish Sept. 1.

Current patients, decked in superhero capes and offering hand touch “power” boosts to the runners making their way to the finish line, are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akron Children’s ‘hero’ patients inspire Akron Marathon runners

Jackie Custer (with Dr. Jeff Hord), a 2016 hero patient

 

 

 

The famed Blue Line brought runners past Akron Children's campus in 2016

The famed Blue Line brought runners past Akron Children's campus in 2016

 

 

For more information about these hero patients, including a short video of each, go to www.marathon.akronchildrens.org. Runners can also find information about raising money for Akron Children’s as a Children’s Champion.

Registration is still open for the FirstEnergy Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay on Sept. 23 and volunteers are always needed. For more information, go to http://www.akronmarathon.org/

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