Meet Miracle Mile Champion: Josh Riederer (Mile #5)
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 Josh Riederer
Defining Courage…One Bravery Bead at a Time….
What does it take to earn a “Bravery Bead” at Nationwide Children’s Hospital? Children receive their first colorful bead when they learn about their cancer diagnosis and the necklaces grow from there – for each chemotherapy treatment, each uncomfortable test, every surgery. Five year-old Josh Riederer has earned more than 1,000 bravery beads and he wears them proudly. Josh’s battle with cancer began in 2008 when he was just one year of age. He was diagnosed with Stage IV Wilms Tumor, requiring removal of a massive tumor and his left kidney. Josh endured multiple surgeries, chemotherapies and a cancer relapse. Even as his bead collection grew, Josh remained the tough, sweet little boy that his family fell in love with. On May 12th, 2010 Josh received one of his most treasured beads marking his last chemotherapy treatment. Josh has remained cancer free since that day but his necklace remains as a tangible reminder of Josh’s amazing journey and his courage.
Josh will be one of our 26 patient champions along the marathon course on October 21st. He’s dedicating the mile to his favorite number FIVE (of course we had to place him at Mile #5) so you can expect a number theme, with lots of music and his two favorite colors – red and blue! Josh might even let runners know how many feet they have to run before they reach the finish line. Josh’s team has set a fundraising goal of $5,555.00 so click here to show your support.