A sunny, crisp fall Saturday morning greeted runners and walkers who returned to Omaha’s Lake Zorinsky for the sixth annual Miles for Madonna 5K run/1-mile walk. Approximately 200 current and former patients and families, Madonna staff and community members laced up their running shoes to help rebuild patients’ lives and support world-class rehabilitation. In addition, virtual runners participated from 14 states and 41 cities. The event also hosted a Corvette car show, booths from sponsors and fun activities for little ones, with balloon artists and face painting.
“Miles” has become one of Madonna’s signature events. The day is also an opportunity for former patients to reconnect with staff members who helped them during their recovery. Nearly two dozen stroke survivors, individuals with spinal cord injuries, brain trauma survivors and pediatric patients reunited with their Madonna family to support current and future patients.
“In many cases, these individuals came to our hospital unable to speak, walk on their own and some were unable to breathe on their own. It’s awesome to see those same individuals taking part in today’s event,” John Glenn, Madonna’s vice president of development, said. “The fact they’re participating on behalf of our mission makes it that much more rewarding.”
This year perinatal stroke survivor Sam Walsh and his extended family turned out for the event for the first time. Dressed in matching purple hats printed with his battle cry “Strong Like Sam PVL Warrior,” the group was happy to come out and support the hospital where 2- year-old Sam currently receives outpatient therapy two times a week. Erin Walsh, Sam’s mom, says the sessions allow him to reach his full potential.
“Sam showed us just how much strength he has as a preemie and continues to show us how strong he is every day! Madonna’s Omaha Campus has been crucial to his growth and development,” Erin said.
The winner of the 5K race was Vincent Lau of Omaha who wore a Captain America costume complete with the shield. Vincent works for Hanger Clinic, one of our sponsors, and enjoys witnessing the life-changing impact Madonna has on patients. “I love working with Madonna and seeing what they do to help patients,” Vincent said.
Nicole Shenoy, the women’s division winner, is an occupational therapist for the Omaha Campus. She brought her entire family with her to compete in the 5K because she’s passionate about her role in supporting Madonna’s mission of rebuilding the lives of patients impacted by illness and injury. “I love my job,” Nicole said. “It’s fulfilling to see patients improve every day and get back to their lives.” She added, “Thanks so much for being here to support such a great cause in our community.”
Stay tuned for more exciting events and ways to support Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals and learn more about the Madonna Foundation and how your generosity can help provide world-class rehabilitation for patients.