Meet Miracle Mile Champion: Taylor Rockwell (Mile #8)

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 Taylor Rockwell

Age: 4
Hometown: Hilliard
Condition: Liver Disease

Taylor Rockwell was brought to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2008, when she was less than three months old, because of severe jaundice. Doctors soon discovered that little Taylor was suffering from liver failure. After the diagnosis of Biliary Atresia, Nationwide Children’s performed a live-saving surgery called the Kasai Procedure on Taylor. Without this surgery, Taylor would not have lived past two years. While the Rockwell family has made many trips back to Nationwide Children’s Hospital due to Taylor’s chronic liver disease, she is thriving. She makes time for doctor appointments between swim lessons, playing with her siblings, and attending school. Taylor is living proof that faith, hope, and love can turn a scary diagnosis into a wonderful life.

Yellow t-shirts and balloons will shine on Taylor’s mile, Mile 8, representing children’s liver disease awareness. The motto “Team Taylor NEVER gives up!” will help runners keep their motivation to the very last step. Join Team Taylor here, and help make memories that Taylor and her family will never forget!

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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