Len coasts into Chillicothe with "only" 513 more miles to go. We have $138,255 more to reach the Race for Hope goal! Thank you to the students of Chesapeake High School, for the historical and fun facts about each of the time stations across the course.
At TS43, Len is inspired by 13 year-old Omayra from Orlando, Florida. We are grateful to Awilda for sharing Omayra's story:
"Omayra is 13 years old and on February 24 was admitted to Nemours Children's Hospital. On March 1, after her CT scan, MRI and biopsy, she was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma stage I, and the process began.
She has undergone chemotherapy, numerous admissions, side effects such as body aches, abdominal pain, fever, and of course what every teenager doesn't want: loss of hair. However, throughout her journey Omayra had been so strong and courageous that is admirable, and with such peace and faith in her heart.
She was not able to return to school, but Hopecam was the first organization to help her and gift her a tablet. With the tablet she was able to complete her homework at the hospital and school and later on take her end of course exams. She unfortunately never got the chance to Skype with her teachers/class since school was approaching the end.
Thank you Hopecam for making these children's journeys a little bit easier on them."
Chillicothe was the first and third capital of Ohio and is located in southern Ohio along the Scioto River. The town’s name comes from the Shawnee Chala-ka-tha, named after one of the five major divisions of the Shawnee people, as it was the chief settlement of that tribal division. The Shawnee and their ancestors inhabited the territory for thousands of years prior to European contact. The famous Shawnee warrior Tecumseh was born and came of age in this area in the late 1700s.
Chillicothe served as the capital of Ohio from the beginning of statehood in 1803 until 1810 and again from 1812 to 1816. Today, Chillicothe is the county seat of Ross County and has a population of just under 24,000 people. Chillicothe is a designated Tree City by the National Arbor Foundation.