Meet Miracle Mile Champion: Kole Noble
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.
Kole is a 3 year-old miracle. Before his birth, Kole’s parents entered the United States from Mexico with hopes of giving their son a better life. Sadly within 24 hours of his birth, Kole developed life-threatening complications and was rushed to the operating room. Over the course of several weeks, this tiny newborn had all but 10 cm of his small bowel removed leaving him with short bowel syndrome and dependent on IV nutrition (TPN). Kole’s birth parents had to return to Mexico and knowing their newborn son would require long-term care they made the difficult decision to place him for adoption with a family that would provide access to the best GI care available. The good news is that Kole was adopted by the wonderful Noble family here in Columbus and he has thrived with their love and care from the GI team at Nationwide Children’s.
Kole is still IV-dependent and receiving tube feeds 17 hours per day through a special medical backpack that goes everywhere he does. Otherwise, he is a typical active pre-schooler that loves playing with cars, swinging and hopes to play Major League Baseball when he grows up. His motto is “have backpack, will travel.” Kole is an inspiration to everyone he meets with his great smile and outgoing personality. His parents will both be running the marathon (a first full marathon for Kole’s mom, Donna). Kole and his family are proud to give back to their community and invite everyone to help keep Kole traveling down his path of good health and long life by supporting their Miracle Mile Team, Kole’s Kontenders.
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.
Give to Kohl’s Team, “Kole’s Kontenders” – Anyone can help – make a contribution to Kole’s mile.
Volunteer –Just email Lindsey at Lindsey.Gulliver@nationwidechildrens.org. Hundreds of volunteers of all ages are welcome and needed.