Meet Miracle Mile Champion #4: Micah Ross

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 “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 Micah Ross
Age: 3
Hometown: Bexley
Condition: Spina Bifida

Even before he was born, we knew Micah would be a patient at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A prenatal ultrasound detected Spina Bifida. Micah’s vertebra were not closing normally around his spinal cord resulting in nerve damage that would impact his ability to walk and move normally. Micah’s parents knew he would be transferred to Nationwide Children’s immediately after birth and within two hours of delivery he was in our neonatal intensive care unit where immediate care began.

His treatment has included 15 surgeries and weekly therapy here with help and encouragement from his favorite four-legged care provider, Ainsley, our medical therapy dog.

Spina Bifida has not slowed Micah down – he’s a two-wheeled speed racer in his wheelchair and his mischievous smile lights up his whole face (and frequently gets him out of trouble). His five-year old sister Jennifer is Micah’s biggest cheerleader and will be by his side on Micah’s Marathon Miracle Mile to cheer on Marathon runners and walkers.
Micah’s Marathon Team, “Team Super Micah” welcomes new walking and running members and anyone can give. Look for Micah on his special mile – and watch out, he might try to race you in his wheelchair!
What Moves You? Get Involved!
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.
Give to Micah’s Team, “Team Super Micah” – Anyone can help – make a contribution to Micah’s mile.

Volunteer –Just email Lindsey at Lindsey.Gulliver@nationwidechildrens.org. Hundreds of volunteers of all ages are welcome and needed.

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.

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