Superheroes don’t always wear capes. But at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, they lurk around every corner: in the form of doctors, nurses, volunteers and community groups. And they help the hospital provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually.
The Merrill Lynch Bull Run Columbus, a “fun run” raises money to benefit Nationwide Children’s Siblings Clubhouse and Ocean Room program and support its dynamic team of superheroes.
The Siblings Clubhouse provides a free space for pre-school and school-aged siblings of young hospital patients to cope with a range of emotions, while providing age-appropriate play environments, education about their siblings’ illness or injury, and the opportunity to create video messages when visitation isn’t allowed. The Ocean Room is a free “toy store” where young patients can pick out a toy to cuddle post-surgery.
On Aug. 1, 2015, approximately 500 participants took part in the 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run and Kids’ Fun Run. More than 40 Bank of America Merrill Lynch volunteers were on-hand to support these real-life superheroes.
The Merrill Lynch Bull Run has raised more than $700,000 over 12 years, including $114,000 last year, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch has been the presenting sponsor from the beginning. This is also the second year of a five-year, $500,000 pledge from the company to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.