Meet Miracle Mile Champion #7: Sophia Schumm

Believe in Team Tinkerbell!

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 Sophia Schumm
Age: 11 months on June 13th
Hometown: Pickerington
Condition: Complications of Prematurity including Hyperbillirubinema and Congenital Heart Disease

She has the face of an angel and the fighting spirit of her favorite pixie, Tinkerbell. Meet Sophia Schumm and prepare to have her capture your heart.

Sophia’s mom, Billie Jo has plenty of experience with sick babies – she is a neonatology nurse at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. When her daughter was born a month early with five little holes in her heart, Billie Jo knew that baby Sophia was in good hands with The Heart Center team at Nationwide Children’s. The Marathon on October 21st will mark exactly one year from the date of Sophia’s open heart surgery and at almost one year old, she is a happy baby with an infectious smile and an affinity for Tinker Bell. Her family plans to dedicate Sophia’s mile to her favorite character with lots of pixie dust and tutu’s. Join Team Tinker Bell and dedicate your race to brave little Sophia!

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.

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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