Meet Miracle Mile Champion #12: Natalie Hendershot
Team Natalie Runs with Aloha Spirit!
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon is October 21st and we’re honored to be the event’s title beneficiary. As we countdown to the Marathon we’ll introduce you to our “Miracle Mile champions.” These 26 special children and teens, each with a moving story to share, will be designated a mile along the event course. They will serve as patient ambassadors – to motivate participants and engage the entire community in this vital fundraising event. Each child will have a fundraising page for their mile and many of the miles will have corporate sponsors. This week we introduce you to Natalie!
Natalie Hendershot ran her first marathon before she was even born. Abby, her mother, ran a marathon the day she discovered she was pregnant. The Hendershot family is passionate about running, and couldn’t wait until little Natalie was born so she could share their tradition. Four months after she was born, however, the doctors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital diagnosed Natalie with an extremely rare chromosomal disorder called Partial Trisomy 5P that changed her path. At the time of her diagnosis, doctors doubted that Natalie would ever walk. But Natalie had other plans.
On Thanksgiving of 2011, Natalie walked her first race. Although she can’t run yet, Natalie has already beaten the odds against her. While Natalie still battles generalized global developmental disabilities, feeding & swallowing disorder & seizures, she grows stronger every day. The Hendershot family expects Natalie’s life to be a marathon, but the first few “miles” have already brought a few miracles with them.
Natalie’s marathon mile will celebrate her bright smile and aloha spirit! Hawaiian shirts, leis, hula skirts and other tiki-themed flare will greet runners and walkers when they reach Natalie’s mile along the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon route.
What Moves You? Get Involved! Just 3 Months to the Marathon!!
Sign up for the Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) or Full Marathon (26.2 miles) – Runners and Walkers Welcome.
Become a Children’s Champion – If you’re already registered for the Marathon help fundraise for Nationwide Children’s Hospital while you train. We have all the tools to help you get started and motivate you along the way.
Volunteer –Email Lindsey at Lindsey.Gulliver@nationwidechildrens.org. Hundreds of volunteers of all ages are welcome and needed.