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Two Marion boys named Columbus Marathon Mile Champions

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There is something special about the Columbus Marathon that sets it apart from other long-distance races. Each mile honors a past Nationwide Children’s Hospital patient.

This year, two Marion County boys, Cayden Jolliff, 7, of Moral, and Atreyu Roberts, 10, of Green Camp, were named marathon mile champions and will be celebrating with family and friends on race day Oct. 15. Surround yourself and cheer on the runners. .

Each boy was selected to represent a marathon mile after being a patient at the National Children’s Hospital.

Cayden Jolliff, 7, of Marion County Moral, is the 2022 Columbus Marathon Mile Champion through Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is on a family beach vacation over the summer with his mother Gretchen Jolliffe (left), his father Kevin Jolliffe (his second from right), and his sister Riley Jolliffe (far right). I'm spending

Jolliffe was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). This is a condition that causes his diaphragm not to develop properly, and he has been hospitalized at Children’s Hospital for over two years.

At the age of six, Roberts was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a brain tumor in the cerebellum. The day after the Nationwide Children’s Emergency Department discovered a small, orange-sized tumor, the boy endured his 10-hour brain surgery, successfully removing the entire mass.