Join us at the Columbus Duck Race on the Scioto River on Saturday, August 18! 🦆 Proceeds from the event benefit Pediatric Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Come on down to the Scioto Mile for a day of family fun! Grab some of central Ohio’s best food, enjoy kids activities and cheer on thousands of rubber ducks as they drop into the Scioto River and race to the finish line.
The day’s festivities begin at 11 a.m. at Genoa Park, with the Duck Race starting at 6 p.m.
The Duck Race is happening in partnership with the Columbus Food Truck Festival, so be sure to check out all of central Ohio’s best food during the day!
Each Racer Duck purchase benefits Nationwide Children’s Hospital — and you might even be one of the lucky ducks to win one of our great prizes!
Grand prize: $5,000
Second prize: $2,500
Third prize: $1,000
You don’t even need to be present to win! (But do you really want to miss all the fun? And the chance to watch rubber ducks race down the river?) Ducks are available for purchase online here. You can buy an individual racer for $5, or you can buy a whole group! Racers are available in families, flocks, colonies, gaggles or broods.
Online sales will end Thursday, October 16, at midnight, but racer ducks will still be on sale at the Food Truck Festival on Saturday, until 5 p.m.!
Your participation in the Duck Race helps kids just like Kaleb and Mia!
Kaleb and Mia both had their first seizure in January of 2013, within just three weeks of each other. Tests determined that Mia and Kaleb both had epilepsy. However, their neurologist in Florida wanted to do further testing since the anti-epileptic drugs were not working.
In August of 2013, the Diaz family had genetic testing done. In November 2013, they received their diagnosis; both Mia and Kaleb had Batten disease.
Batten disease is a progressive neurological disease. Currently, there is no cure. Patients with Batten’s experience cognitive impairment, loss of developmental milestones, epilepsy and sight impairments. Life expectancy for those with Batten disease is 8 to 12 years old. Researchers at Nationwide Children’s are working to slow down the regression of the disease and move closer toward finding a cure.
A few months into treatment at Nationwide Children’s, her family noticed that the seizures were shorter in duration, not as intense and not as frequent.
It’s been a little over three years since Mia’s first infusion and she hasn’t had a seizure in over two years. She is still able to eat by mouth and retains her vision. Mia loves being her friends and going to the playground. She loves Chick Fil A, swimming, riding roller coasters and jet skiing.
With there being limited spots in the trial, Kaleb began treatment 19 months after Mia. In the words of his mother, Barbara, “He is able to give those amazing cuddles that only he knows how to give. He is taking steps in his gait trainer and able to eat by mouth again. He is happy and getting stronger each day.” Kaleb loves music, being outdoors, swimming, Mickey Mouse and Nutella.
Every other week, Mia and Kaleb are admitted for infusions and stay overnight each time. They also come in for therapy and to see their specialists in neurology, pulmonology, GI and optometry.
“To our family, Nationwide Children’s means hope. It’s a place that has provided us optimism in a time when we thought all hope was gone. Because of Nationwide Children’s, we get to make more memories and we get to enjoy more time with our children. I can honestly say that Mia and Kaleb are still enjoying life and that they wouldn’t be here today without the enzyme replacement therapy — a treatment that wouldn’t be possible without research,” says Barbara, Mia and Kaleb’s mother.
For more information about the Columbus Duck Race, head over to their official website. Check out the event’s Corporate Challenge or volunteer opportunities. Connect with the Duck Race on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.