Zest Juice Co. is a proud sponsor of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This summer Zest will sponsor the Run for the Rainbow which supports pediatric cancer. The event takes place at New Albany's Market Square.
In October of 2015, 19,000 runners took over the streets of Columbus to benefit care and research at the Hospital. The race featured Patient Champions: amazing children who each represented a mile of the race and were there on race day to cheer on participants.
Mile 4 was named the “Zest Juice Co. Mile”, and our Patient Champion was Makaila Manley. Makaila’s story is an encouraging one. The 7-year old from Grove City, OH was born with spina bifida. SB is a type of defect, which creates a hole in some of the bones of the spine; this may result in mild to severe disabilities. There is no cure. Treatments include surgery, supportive therapies and the prevention and treatment associated with the problems.
We were honored to sponsor Makaila’s Mile and enjoyed getting to know her and her supportive family. We spent race morning decked out in Halloween costumes (her theme choice), with cowbells in tow, cheering on thousands of runners as they passed by our tent.
Zest Juice Co. is also proud to announce we helped Makaila raise more than $1,000 which went directly to the spina bifida program at the hospital.