Why I'm Running
I do it for the kids and their families. This will be my fourth year that I will be participating in this event along with my husband. I love meeting the wish kids along with their families. Running 24 miles in 24 hours is nothing compared to the challenges these kids and their families face on a daily basis.
About Team Simon

Simon McKenzie is a sweet 5-year-old boy who’s been through quite a lot in his short life. Three months after being given an autism diagnosis at just 2-1/2 years old, Simon was diagnosed with Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and began a years-long chemotherapy protocol at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.

After front-line chemotherapy, an intense 6-month program of various chemotherapy drugs and steroid treatments, and two years of daily maintenance chemotherapy, Simon’s chemotherapy treatment ended in early 2020. Throughout his 2-1/2 years or treatment—even after losing the ability to walk, undergoing dozens of lumbar puncture procedures, and being severely immune compromised—Simon has persevered, thrived, and inspired everyone who came into his life.

Today, Simon attends the Cleveland Clinic Lerner School for Autism where he receives ABA, speech, physical, and occupational therapies in an environment that can meet his immune compromised needs. He loves playing with his sister Maren, visiting his adoring family and friends, going for scooter rides, and eating every strawberry within eye-shot. He’s the bravest little boy you’ll ever have the pleasure to meet.

$876.00 of $700 goal

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Toni Q
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The Littles
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Joe and Zeljka
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David and Laura Church
16 days ago

You rock and make Simon rock too!

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Jeri Sterling
2 months ago

Go Fran go!!

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Brad Fronek
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Julie Dey
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Timmy Keller
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❤️

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Mike Russo
3 months ago

Great Cause

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Maria Jukic
3 months ago

Good luck, Fran! I’ll be thinking about you and Simon!

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Emma & Sydney
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Go Simon!! Go Fran!!

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Jack and Lori
3 months ago

Go Team Simon!

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Anonymous
3 months ago

for the kids

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Pirc Family
3 months ago

In memory of Steven Takacs

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Sandy Scott
3 months ago

Aaaaaw!!! This one is really tugging at my heart. Autism alone is a challenge that my family knows all to well. Stay strong, Simon!!! Fran, you rock!!!

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Meredith
3 months ago

This hits close to home . Thankful that our miracle Coen made it ! Praying all these angels are healed !!!

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