Why I'm Running
I initially started running to stay fit and healthy. The more I ran, the more I realized I enjoyed challenging myself to run faster and farther. It has now become as passion of mine. When I run the 24 miles, I will not only be pushing myself to finish this race, but will be thinking about how I am turning my passion into something that will go beyond just my own personal goals, but will be helping to provide a wish to a well-deserving child in Northeast Ohio.
About Team Jeremiah

Jeremiah was born on January 28, 2017. His congenital heart defect (CHD) was missed in both his anatomy scan ultrasound and 34-week growth scan ultrasound. A pediatrician heard a heart murmur the morning of discharge from the hospital, so he set us up with an appointment with a pediatric cardiologist for the following day. At the appointment, Jeremiah was diagnosed with a complete atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD). In other words, he had holes between the chambers of the right and left sides of his heart, and he was born with one common atrioventricular (AV) valve as opposed to being born with a distinct mitral valve and tricuspid valve.

Jeremiah underwent open heart surgery at 4 months old in June 2017 to repair the holes in his heart and split/reconstruct his common AV valve into a mitral valve and tricuspid valve. After Jeremiah's open-heart surgery, he began to thrive. His personality came back stronger and more incredible. On the first day that his sternal precautions were lifted, Jeremiah repeatedly rolled over during "tummy time." Prior to his surgery, he would fatigue quickly and was not able to lift his head with ease or roll during "tummy time."

Fast forward 4 years, and he continues to amaze us every day. Despite being on medication for high blood pressure and a leaking and stenotic “mitral valve,” he continues to thrive and has endless energy. Jeremiah enjoys watching football (he loves the Browns) and soccer, going to school and speech therapy, playing with his dinosaurs and trucks, music, and doing whatever his big sister, Hannah, is doing. He is truly our heart hero, our warrior baby, and he brings us so much joy daily.

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Jane Srnick Monreal
6 days ago

Glad you’re on our team Jeremiah 💙🎉💙

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Sean Kennedy
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denise gelofack
1 month ago

Good Luck Riene, we are all behind you: )

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John & Tracy Fazio
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Ellen Forbus
1 month ago

Thanks for doing this for others. You even look adorable when running!

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Steve Levy
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Wesley Gillespie
2 months ago

Very proud of you Riene, best of luck!

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Lisa Heiss
2 months ago

Good luck!

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Sam Trela
2 months ago

Good luck on your run!

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Justin
2 months ago

Great cause Riene!

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Paul & Carol Albin
2 months ago

Run, Riene, run!

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Shawn, Emily and Kaitlyn
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We are proud of you!

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Jason and Tess
2 months ago

“Rum runners” on us at Station after ;)

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Good luck Riene!

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Good luck! :)

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