When Megan and Matt Kohler participate in races, they like to run for a cause. Next month they’ll be running the Blue Line together for a cause that’s close to their hearts.
“We are very excited to be running in the Akron half marathon and giving back to Akron Children’s Hospital because they are the reason our daughter Carleen is alive and doing as well as she is doing,” Megan said.
In January, Megan and Matt’s daughter Carleen was born at 29 weeks and spent almost 3 months in Akron Children’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
“Essentially she had to finish developing as though she was still in utero,” Megan said. “The fact that she wasn’t in utero did mean she had to learn to breathe on her own, regulate her body temperature, learn to eat, and learn to use appropriate muscles for different movements.”
Megan said that she and Matt lived in the NICU while Carleen was there, and that the doctors, nurses and therapists became their friends and like a second family to them.
“The doctors, nurses, and therapists that cared for her around the clock are the reason she is doing as well as she is doing now,” Megan said. “She is our miracle, and they were a significant factor as to why our sweet, spunky, and feisty Carleen is growing and developing so well.”
Not only was Carleen’s care motivation for Megan and Matt to sign up as Children’s Champions, but so was the care their friends and friends’ children have received at the hospital.
“One friend’s daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy and is cared for at Akron Children’s. Another friend’s daughter has battled pediatric cancer and continues to be cared for at Akron Children’s,” Megan said. “Being a Children’s Champion allows us to give back and show support to all the doctors, nurses, and staff that care for children. We are truly blessed to have Akron Children’s Hospital so close to home.”
Megan said that Carleen continues to receive amazing care from therapists, nurse practitioners and doctors at Akron Children’s. Megan and Matt want to make sure other children are as fortunate as Carleen and have access to care at the hospital.
“There are so many babies and kids that would benefit from fundraising money for Akron Children’s Hospital,” Megan said. “The doctors, nurses, and therapists have the resources to care for our children because of events like this that raise money for the hospital.”
So far, Megan and Matt have raised $2,000 exceeding their $1,000 goal. You can click here to help them further, and if you’d like more information on the Children’s Champion program, you can reach out to Nicci Avalon at email@example.com.