Countdown to the Marathon – Meet Cassie Davis – Patient Champion – Mile 15

It’s officially fall and the October 21st Nationwide Children’s Marathon is less than a month away. I’m so glad everyone has been enjoying the stories of each of our 26 mile champions. They’ll be along every mile of the race route to cheer on runners and walkers as a visible reminder of how the marathon is supporting the lifesaving care and research at Nationwide Children’s.

Today we introduce you to the vibrant, Cassie Davis who will be at Mile 15 of the race route.

In late January 2009, 9-year-old Cassie became very ill. Her family thought she had the flu but could not get her to the doctor due to a severe snow storm. She lost 11 pounds in 7 days. She became lethargic, could not walk without help, and was very thirsty. This “flu” was not going away, so they braved the storm and took her to their local emergency department. There, Cassie was misdiagnosed and sent home. Shortly after returning home, her skin turned a funny grayish color and she stopped responding. Her mom rushed Cassie to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

As soon as the nurses here saw Cassie’s mother carrying her in, they knew what was happening- Cassie was dangerously nearing a diabetic coma. Doctors soon discovered that Cassie had Type 1 Diabetes and needed insulin. “The doctors and nurses at Nationwide Children’s took really great care of Cassie and made my husband and I feel comfortable, too,” says Cassie’s mother Lynnda.
Three years later, Cassie is a healthy and happy 12-year-old with a bright future ahead. Cassie stays busy with volleyball and dance. She is thrilled to represent a mile on the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon. Look out for her “Dance to Stay Healthy” theme along your race!

Click here to donate to Cassie’s mile.

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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