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Oct. 5 event

Torch Relay will benefit Nationwide Children's

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Al and Anne Turpin of Dublin hold their daughter Allie, who is a Miracle Child in this year's Torch Relay for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, to be held Saturday, Oct. 5. Taylor Rockwell of Hilliard also has been chosen as a Miracle Child for the relay.

When the Torch Relay for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals wends its way through the German Village area Oct. 5, Anne Turpin will be there, cheering on participants.

Turpin, of Dublin, has been involved with the race, either as a spectator or a runner, since it first came to Columbus in 2008.

Little did she know three years ago that the 5K would become personal.

Her daughter, Allie, was born with a benign tumor. Since having it successfully removed at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Allie is now a healthy 3-year-old.

Allie and Taylor Rockwell, a 5-year-old girl from Hilliard who suffers from biliary atresia, a rare chronic liver disease, are this year's honorary Miracle Children.

All proceeds from the event benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital, which is part of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

"We are so proud of her being selected," Shannon Rockwell said of her daughter. "The hospital saved her life, so anything we can do to get the word out about raising money for the hospital, we're glad to do it."

The Torch Relay will begin at 9 a.m. at Livingston Park, 700 Children's Drive. The route will head west on Livingston Avenue, south on South Third Street to Schiller Park and back to the hospital.

Roads will not close for the event, which should take about an hour.

There is a $20 registration fee. People can register at 8:30 a.m. the day of the race.

The relay is part of a national network of races coordinated by Marriott International. Last year, the relay raised $1.1 million nationally. In Columbus, 133 participants raised $18,698 for Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Anne Turpin said she and her husband, Al, were fortunate enough to have the means to pay for Allie's treatment. However, she's encouraged that others will raise money for families who don't.

"I would say, being a parent, you never know when you might need the support," she said, "but it's really great when you have it. It's nice to have a community that places a high priority on children in the community."