Meet Miracle Mile Champion #8: Hunter Miller
Tiny Steps Matter for “Hunters Heroes”
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 Hunter Miller
Age: 9 months
Hometown: Vincent, Ohio (Although Hunter has called Nationwide Children’s home since his birth)
Condition: Complications of Prematurity including BronchoPulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)
Hunter Miller may be our tiniest Mile Champion but his courage far outweighs his size.
Born 3 months too soon and immediately transferred here for open heart surgery– Hunter has spent his entire life here at Nationwide Children’s with his mom, Cassidy constantly by his side. Going through this experience has been especially challenging for the Miller Family as Hunter’s dad, Dewey was deployed through the Army National Guard just two months after Hunter’s birth. Cassidy has been staying in touch with Dewey through regular calls and Skype but she says the weeks have felt like months with him away.
Thankfully, the entire family has a great support network and Hunter has been making steady progress. Through good days and bad, Hunter continues to inspire those around him with his resilient spirit. The Miller family is looking forward to Hunter’s Discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit and reuniting their family.
We are honored to have Hunter as his parents as our Miracle Mile Champions. Their mile will be dedicated to “Hunter’s Heroes” and in honor of Hunter’s fighting spirit will be sporting a military camouflage theme.
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. Volunteer –Just email Lindsey at Lindsey.Gulliver@nationwidechildrens.org. Hundreds of volunteers of all ages are welcome and needed.