Running With and For Harper

August 15, 2017 by Alissa Hazlett

Running With and For Harper

Maureen Oblander is no stranger to running marathons and neither is her 6-month-old daughter, Harper.

“I think I ran close to 450 miles total while I was pregnant with Harper,” Maureen said. “I ran the full Akron Marathon and two legs of the Burning River Endurance Run & Relay.”

In addition to running, Maureen and Harper are also very familiar with Akron Children’s Hospital so when the two combined for the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series, Maureen knew she wanted to be part of it.

Harper was born on January 13, 2017 at 31 weeks after doctors determined she had stopped growing in utero and was losing weight due to umbilical cord blood flow issues.

“They did a C-section and she went straight to Akron Children’s,” Maureen said. “She was there for 9 weeks, came home for a few days and went back to the NICU for a week.”

Now a happy and healthy 6-month-old, Harper is accompanying her mom on training runs as Maureen prepares to return to the Blue Line for the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay presented by FirstEnergy.

“If it wasn’t for Akron Children’s, I don’t know where Harper would be,” Maureen said.

For that reason, Maureen signed up as a Children’s Champion to raise money for the hospital that became part of her family.

“Akron Children’s is amazing. They took such good care of us and that’s why I wanted to give back,” Maureen said. “There are so many great things that the hospital provides to families – things you don’t even know you need until you’re in that situation.”

Maureen surpassed her $1,000 fundraising goal and found it to be pretty easy to raise the money. She asked friends and family to sponsor a mile to help her reach her goal and on race day she will be carrying a list of her supporters with her as she runs.

“It seems like everyone has kids who have been at Akron Children’s for different things,” Maureen said. “A lot of people want to help out Akron Children’s, it’s a great cause and they’re so well-known in the area.”

Click here to join Maureen as a Children’s Champion and help Akron Children’s keep its promise to care for every child as we would our own.

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