A Bucket List Opportunity

Have you made a bucket list? Well, the adventurous Marilyn Vutech did and she has a challenge for you.

Marilyn sent us this awesome photo taken when she reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. This 19,000-foot trek up a dormant volcano chain is not for the faint of heart and Marilyn trained for months.

Throughout her challenging ascent (which included thin air, rainstorms and nighttime temperatures of 10 below) Marilyn carried this banner, a bit of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, with her.

Like most central Ohio families, Marilyn’s children and family have personally benefitted from our hospital. She thought this would be a fun way to show her support. Marilyn shared with me that the banner took on more meaning as she traveled through Tanzania, seeing the harsh living and health care conditions of the children there. She was joined by her daughter on the trek (shown with her in the photo) and together they realized how important a children’s hospital can be.

So, Marilyn completed her summit and during her trip home she had another idea. Marilyn is a member of TWIG, one of our dedicated volunteer groups. Several members of the group are planning “bucket list” adventures including climbing and trekking. So, Marilyn plans to pass the banner along for the next mountaineering expedition – she knows one that is being planned for Mount Rainier. According to Marilyn, Nationwide Children’s may very well become the world’s most high-altitude brand!

So do you have a bucket list adventure planned? If you decide to take a bit of Nationwide Children’s with you on your next adventure, send me a picture!


Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

One thought on “A Bucket List Opportunity

  1. Catherine Mock on said:

    Wow that was a great adventure. My parents where born and raised in that region “Kilimanjaro”. My daughter is a NICU graduate from J4.
    That was nice of you exploring the other side of the world. You can tell how blessed we are here in the US.

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