FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Angel Skinner is running the Fort4Fitness full marathon this year, her first full marathon. You will see her wearing a Team Riley shirt to help raise awareness about Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Angel became a new mom a year ago. When her son was born, doctors found he had a congenital heart defect that had not been diagnosed before his birth. He was immediately flown to Riley and within six days of his birth, he underwent open-heart surgery. His parents were shocked, but so grateful for the hope Riley provides.
Now Angel wants to give back to Riley, the place that helped save her son’s life. She is raising awareness for the hospital by running in races as well as raising funds. Here is a link to her fundraising page. She is also asking people to donate to new research being done in the field. Angel’s son’s surgeon is researching congenital heart defects in infants and hopes to reduce the number of surgeries they need to be healthy. You can do that at this link, and she asks that you make a notation that the donation is for Dr. Mark Rodefeld’s Research (her son’s surgeon).
Angel also volunteers with Girls on the Run of Northeast Indiana. That’s a program that teaches girls in 3rd-8th grades life skills through interactive lessons and running games. At the end of the program, they are prepared to run a celebratory 5K. Angel has been running since she was young; her mom used to run. She says it’s a good way to clear her head and get some quiet time, especially as a new mom. She also says it’s a way she can give back. Since she’s been running for years, it’s something she knows she can do and do well. Now she’s using that activity that was previously just for her benefit, to benefit others.