Meet Miracle Mile Champion #17: Matthew Griffin

Sponsored by GREIF, INC on Mile #9!

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 Matthew Griffin

Age: 15
Hometown: Pickerington, OH
Condition: Bicuspid Aortic Valve

When Matthew Griffin was only 9 moMeet Miracle Mile Champion Matthew Griffinnths old, his pediatrician discovered that he had a heart murmur. Matthew was referred to The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s, where he endured extensive testing.  His parents were terrified. The smile on their doctor’s face calmed their fears, as they learned that although Matthew had a potentially serious malformation known as a bicuspid aortic valve, he was in the very small but fortunate percentage of people who have no life-threatening effects. Matthew’s heart functions properly.

Matthew’s heart remains stable at every yearly exam.  However, the experience of walking into Nationwide Children’s and seeing the kids who aren’t as lucky as Matthew struck a nerve with the Griffin family. Matthew, now 15, dedicates himself to research studies at Nationwide Children’s. Despite having to be poked, prodded and stuck with needles – Matthew was eager to help because he knew he was “one of the lucky ones” and he wanted to do his part to assist researchers in understanding and treating the condition – maybe helping other children sometime in the future.

We invite you to learn more and join Grief’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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