Meet Miracle Mile Champion: Grayson Willson

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 Grayson Willson
Age: 16
Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
Condition: Type 1 Diabetes

Grayson knew that something wasn’t right three years ago when she began to lose weight without explanation, was constantly thirsty, and experienced other symptoms that were out of the ordinary. Her parents brought her to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and within a few hours life changed forever with the diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. Grayson has faced this news with the same positive energy and enthusiasm the guides the rest of her life.

Grayson has learned to live life with a disease that must be managed every hour-every day. There is no vacation from Type 1 Diabetes and the entire Willson family supports Grayson and has high hopes for a cure in her lifetime.

That’s why Grayson is giving back as a regular volunteer in the Blue Jackets Family Resource Center at Nationwide Children’s and hopes to volunteer soon on the Endocrinology unit with other diabetes patients. Grayson is proud to be a Miracle Mile Champion and we know she’ll have a high-energy rally for runners along her mile. She is excited to help others feel the support and love that she felt at Nationwide Children’s. Her positive attitude and passion for others will be a true inspiration along the course. Go Grayson!

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 Champions – 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 Team Grayson – Anyone can help – make a contribution to Grayson’s mile.

Volunteer – Email Lindsey Gulliver – 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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