Going for the Bold
July 20, 2017 by Alissa Hazlett
After running nine half marathons and a handful of other races in just the last two years, Aaron Graham is ready to take on his first full marathon – the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay presented by FirstEnergy. His proudest moments so far – dropping 10:06 from his half marathon time during the 2016 Akron Half Marathon, and recently reaching his $1,000 Children’s Champions goal for this year’s marathon.
Aaron got hooked on running two years ago when a co-worker invited him to join the Crooked River Trail Runners, a local group that promotes fitness, friendship and nature with weekly runs in various locations within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Although he’s not currently active with the group, he still trains regularly in the national park, running 3-4 times a week with his friend Baxter. When he’s not running, this 26-year-old is busy pursuing his MBA at Malone College and looks forward to eventually owning his own business.
Aaron’s interest in becoming a Children’s Champion started when he learned about the incredible impact Akron Children’s has on the kids and families in the community. After running the half marathon last year, he knew he wanted to support the mission and contribute to that impact.
“The thing that jumped out to me was that Akron Children’s Hospital has more than 900,000 patient visits each year,” said Aaron. “That was enough reason to encourage me to become a Children’s Champion. It’s a means for me to do my part in helping Akron Children’s Hospital grow and continue to serve not only the kids needing care, but their loved ones, as well.”
To those who are running and have thought about becoming a Children’s Champion, but haven’t made the commitment, Aaron says, “Be bold. Akron Children’s Hospital has a great reputation and a lot of people in our community want to support their work. So be creative, enthusiastic and bold. There’s no harm in asking, and most people will say yes.”
Click here to join Aaron as a Children’s Champion and help make a difference in the lives of Akron Children’s patients and families.