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Reasons to Run

For Carolyn Karageorges, chief accounting officer at Cincinnati Children’s, Go the Distance isn’t your typical run/walk event. There’s a special feel and atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else. According to Carolyn, the key difference is inclusion.

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As a member of our employee family, Carolyn has a million reasons to Go the Distance for Cincinnati Children’s. But her biggest inspiration is her daughter, Callie, who receives ongoing care for a congenital heart defect.


“I love that Go the Distance encourages fitness and healthy living for children with all levels of ability,” Carolyn says. “Seeing our patients overcome their physical and emotional challenges warms my heart.”

A big proponent of employee giving, Carolyn’s participated in our largest community fundraiser since its very first year. That’s because she’s seen firsthand how our experts are changing lives. She runs for her daughter, Callie, who was born with a congenital heart condition.

“Cincinnati Children’s is a special place,” Carolyn explains. “My daughter’s care has been amazing every step of the way, and Go the Distance is the perfect opportunity for us to give back.”

As captain of Team Liam and Callie, Carolyn hosts a “Heart Party” in her home for friends and family, and it’s something her children look forward to every year. The bash helps them raise both team spirit and funds for our Heart Institute.

“Our caregivers and staff help so many children and families overcome the challenges they were dealt, and I love helping ensure Cincinnati Children’s continues to have the resources to do this vital work.”

Carolyn is also thrilled about this year’s new Go the Distance location. “The move to Great American Ball Park has given the event the space it needs. One of our team members has sensory challenges, and with this new space, that family will be able to participate in the walk.”

Go the Distance is more than just a fundraiser—it’s a day of fun celebrating the families we serve, all for a great cause. Register today!