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Co-Workers Run Half-Marathon to Raise $1,500 for Make It Happen

Posted on November 18, 2016 in Community Care, Hospice

Two Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice staff members and one of their spouses recently ran a half marathon to raise more than $1,500 for the Make it Happen program.

The Make it Happen program pays for special wishes from hospice patients.

“To me this was much more than another race, it was a mission to inspire others and come together for a greater cause,” said Dr. Heather Hrins Medvec, therapy supervisor, who coordinated the fund-raiser.

Heather’s co-worker, Ryan Scragg, a case manager for hospice, and Heather’s husband, Matt Medvec, a police officer, obtained pledges of $1 per mile they ran in the 13.1 mile segment of the Cleveland Marathon in mid-May.

While Heather has been a lifelong runner, Matt had not run more than two miles. Heather said Matt has now become an enthusiastic runner and the two of them are planning to run a full marathon this fall, and it all began with this special effort for Make it Happen.

“All of the money went to the Mahoning Valley Make it Happen program because it is something we are very passionate about. Our goal next year, which will mark 10 years of hospice, is to raise $10,000 to represent 10 years,” Heather said.

Heather has also been involved in Relay for Life and other philanthropic efforts and encourages others to do the same. “I love doing volunteer/community work. It brings me great joy to give to others. I feel God has blessed me in many ways and as a way to say thank you, I like to give back,” she said.

The three runners trained for five months and ran hundreds of miles as they got ready for the marathon.

They ran with 13,000 other runners participating in the event.

They stayed together the whole time and finished in just under 2.5 hours.

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