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Miami Children’s Hospital is bringing a whole new meaning to the marathon – running 26.2 hours on a treadmill instead of the traditional 26.2 miles. Surgical unit nurse Zoila Infante talks about the meaning of the fundraiser and Jeremy Katzman of the hospital talks about their goal.
Miami Children’s Hospital is bringing a whole new meaning to the marathon – running 26.2 hours on a treadmill instead of the traditional 26.2 miles.
The endurance fundraiser started at 7 a.m. Wednesday with Miami Children’s Hospital’s CEO Dr. M. Narendra Kini and will continue through the night until Thursday at 9:12 a.m.
Doctors, nurses, patients and community members are running in 20-minute increments in the relay.
“Working for Miami Children’s Hospital is more than just being a nurse and getting paid, it’s about meeting people and giving back,” surgical unit nurse Zoila Infante said.
So far every shift of the marathon has been filled. But the hospital is still looking for people to come by and support the effort, with a minimum $10 donation.
“Our goal is to raise more than $400,000 dollars this year. It will all come back to the children and families from our community,” said Jeremy Katzman of Miami Children’s Hospital.
The marathon is part of the run-up to the second annual Miami Children’s Hospital 5K this September.
“Total Bank is really proud to be a presenting sponsor of the Miami Children’s Hospital 5K,” said Andrea Mustelier of Total Bank. “We like to get involved in our community, we’re very involved in our community, children are important to all of us.”
The first year of the 5K raised more than $200,000, and with the help of the 26-hour marathon, the hospital is hoping to double its numbers this year to help happier, healthier kids.
If you would like to donate and sign up for a shift for the 26-hour marathon, you can call 786-624-2826. To participate in the Miami Children’s Hospital 5K Sept. 29, register yourself or a team at MCH5K.com.