Meet Miracle Mile Champion #13: Ellie Savage Trout

Cheering for the Champions on Mile #2!!

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.

Ellie Savage Miracle Mile Champion #13 Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon and 1/2 Marathon

This week we introduce you to Ellie Trout

Age: 10
Hometown: Worthington
Condition: Congenital Heart Condition/Down Syndrome

Ellie Trout’s enthusiasm in contagious – Her smile and joyful heart will greet runners and walkers finishing Mile #2 of the Marathon!  Little Ellie was born in July of 2002, and four months later she had heart surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Ellie has Down syndrome, and this marked the first of many surgeries she would endure. After countless doctors, operations, extended hospital stays, and unexpected complications, Ellie became stronger and her personality continued to shine.

This year, Ellie is 10 years old. She plays baseball, does gymnastics, dances ballet, and loves cheerleading and Justin Bieber – not unlike most 10-year-old girls. Ellie is the child she was meant to be.

Cheer your way through Ellie’s mile on the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon!  We are hopeful to have a number of local cheer groups join and support Ellie and her mile.  If you are involved in cheerleading and would like to volunteer at Ellie’s very special rally station on October 21st please email Lindsey Gulliver, our marathon coordinator.

Also our thanks to Hyundai who is sponsoring Ellie’s mile and also providing transportation for our patient champions on race day.

We invite you to learn more and join Ellie’s team.



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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