Why I'm Running
Last year was my first time participating in the 24 in 24 and it was the most incredible experience I have ever had. Any day that I do not feel like going out for a run, I think about these Wish kids and what they’re going through and what their families are going through. Participating in this event is the least I can do to help make their child smile and to give them something to look forward to. A Special Wish is such an amazing organization and I am so honored to be running for them!!
About Team Jacoby

At our 28 week ultrasound appointment, while we were pregnant with twins, our doctors gave us the devastating news that our daughter, Jacoby, was critically ill.

Jacoby was diagnosed with non-immune hydrops fetalis, a severe, life-threatening condition in which abnormal amounts of fluid build up in two or more parts in the body of a fetus or newborn. Jacoby had accumulation of fluid in her chest cavity, around her lungs, and within layers of skin causing severe edema (swelling). She was given a 5 percent chance to make it to a live birth, and if she lived, another 5 percent chance to survive. We were completely crushed, feeling helpless knowing no medical heroics could be taken as it would risk the life of the Jacoby’s healthy twin Sister, Jenna.

On June 1, 2013, at only 31 weeks old, Jacoby was delivered. Jacoby was born 2 pounds heavier than her twin Sister Jenna - all fluid, her body swollen and skin stretched. Jacoby has to endure several chest tubes to drain the fluid which was restricting her breathing and lung development. After several months, and very good progress, Jacoby was still the sickest child in the NICU. Jacoby endured a number of life-saving procedures, including two evasive surgeries on her left and right lung. Jacoby could also never extubate and breathe on her own without the use of a ventilator, so a tracheotomy was placed to help Jacoby breathe. Jacoby spent 10 months in the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Main Campus NICU and 6 months at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation before finally going home.

Jacoby is 6 years old and has such a JOY for life. She's been ventilator-free for several years and breathes on her own. Jacoby uses leg braces to assist with walking. Even though she is mostly nonverbal, she is learning new words every day and communicates using ASL (American Sign Language).

So many odds stack against Jacoby, a 5% chance to make it to a live birth, a 5% chance to survive if she did make it to a live birth, brain dead, never breathe on her own without mechanical assistance, never sit-up, never walk, never talk, never eat by mouth, but Jacoby’s fighting spirit has allowed her to overcome so much in her short life. We are very blessed and honored to have this incredible opportunity to share Jacoby's powerful journey of her ultimate fight to live, even with all the odds stacked against her.

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Mara
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Amazing! ❤️

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Dennis
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God Speed 👍

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Holly and Bob Lowe
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Great job!

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Connor and Jensen
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We love you Teacher Danielle! ❤️

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Kylee Kalkbrenner
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One kid helping another out! She raised a total of $500 by making bracelets. You inspired her Bells!

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Getting you to that $4000 goal!! Love you, Bellsie!!!!

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Love you! We are all super proud of what you are doing!

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April and Eric Fischer
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We know how much this means to you!! Thank you for supporting such a special cause!

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Good luck! Marianne and Todd
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Go Team Jacoby!!!!!!!!

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Such an awesome event, and so cool to see your passion for it!

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The Nelson Family
26 days ago

These kids and your love for them are absolutely inspiring! Keep doing what you do teacher Danielle!

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Michael, Abbey & Ruth Janosik
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Good luck, Danielle and Go Team Jacoby!

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Good luck Teacher Danielle!

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Mickas Family
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Great job Danielle. We are happy to help you reach your goal!

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Maureen Sullivan
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To Danielle...who, indeed, runs with her heart.

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The Reagan Family
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Teacher Daniel, You have no idea how much light you bring to so many lives. You truly care so much about others. We are so grateful to have you in our lives. Go Team Jacoby! XOXO

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What a beautiful thing you are doing teacher Danielle!

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Channon Petros
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Go get em’ Danielle!

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Way to go Danielle! Best of luck on your run!!!!

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Good luck Danielle!!! 💙

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Wonderful to do this Danielle!

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Love you Bellsie!! So proud of you!

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Molly Preisel
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Woof, woof! Way to go Danielle!

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Glad your back Danielle. You're doing a Great Job!

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Jordan and Alexis
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Thank you for being a role model and showing us how to make a difference in this crazy world!

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The Spehar Family
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Dick and Mary Lane
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So glad to help such a great endeavor. Good luck.

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Melinda Machones
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Way to go, Danielle!

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Cheri Winslow
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You and Jacoby are very special!

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Monica Gaudio
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Emily Ragland
3 months ago

You’re the best!! 💛

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Candace Lewis
3 months ago

Great job, Danielle! We've been following Jacoby's story for years and she is such an inspiration. ❤

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The MacRailds
3 months ago

way to go Danielle! <3

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Smizzle
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Rachele Mackey & Family
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The Fetsko Family
3 months ago

Yesterday I “Dashed for Jacoby” and 100% that I earned went to help this sweet girl!

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Preisel Family
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Way to go Danielle! So generous and compassionate you are; always thinking of and doing for others. You rock!

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Laura Vitale
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Shoemakers
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Good luck

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The Bobinski's
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You are such an inspiration. Thank you for teaching Emmett what a real life superhero looks like

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Good luck teacher Daniel!!

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get it, girl!

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Good luck!

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Mary Ann Michal
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Thank you so much for doing this. You know how much I love children and I hate to see them sick. I cried when I read Jacoby's story. So proud of you.

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We couldn’t be prouder of you and the children you run for.

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Run for hope!

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