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Racing for Emma

By Caitlin Ryan

A Highland County distance runner who has competed in some of the nation’s most challenging marathons and 18,000 other runners will be racing with a goal other than a trophy or a record time in mind this weekend.

Greenfield resident Carol Grate is joining forces with a remarkable 8-year-old from Dublin, Ohio and her “dream team” to raise funds for the Columbus Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Carol Grate of Greenfield will be competing in the half marathon event at the Columbus Marathon, which raises funds for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, as a member of the Emma’s Greatest Dream Team.

The team is named for Emma Dickman, a Dublin City Schools third-grader who has devoted her young life to achieving her “greatest dream” … learning to walk.

Emma was diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy just before her first birthday but has been defying the odds since birth, developing advanced verbal skills at an early age and working hard to learn to walk by undergoing major surgery and spending hours at physical therapy each week.

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