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What is "7 Marathons on 7 Continents" all about?

The Clinic of Angels is in the midst of an adventurous, challenging and inspiring journey called 7 Marathons on 7 Continents. Jim O'Brien, an aspiring young runner residing in Chicago , announced at the end of 2007 that he would join other avid runners in a marathon series that would take him literally around the globe. To date, Jim is three marathons into this personal challenge.

Jim learned about the work of the Clinic of Angels through a college friend who happened to be the son of our founder, Dr. Michael J. Cichon. He was inspired by stories of patients with highly complex illnesses finally seeing dramatic improvement with financial assistance from the Clinic of Angels.

Jim chose to represent the Clinic of Angels, specifically because he feels the parallels between what challenges continue to face him athletically and the realities of what chronically ill patients are battling are striking. Specifically, he noted that it is "all about the journey" not just about the end. He also wanted to run for a smaller charity with which he had a personal connection and could see the impact on a grass roots level.

Much like chronic illness, Jim's journey has required tenacity, resilience and courage to go through the ups and downs of training and varying race conditions. He continues to span the globe, testing his athleticism and endurance.

Jim has made it clear that he will incur all expenses of his travels and hopes other driven runners will contact Clinic of Angels to join the COA Dream Team. Runners can join him for one or all remaining events.

We hope you will spread the word about this truly inspiring venture and contact us to be a single or corporate donor, member of our running team, or to sponsor a team member as patients.

For a list of the marathons, click on "Race Results".  



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