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Marathoner finds inspiration from her son

Published On: Nov 02 2013 08:55:45 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Marathoning for Miracles kicked off bright and early on Saturday morning at the Taylor County Expo Center for Hendrick Children's Hospital.

Jennifer Seekins has a personal reason for running the marathon. Her son, who survived a premature birth.

"When they started the marathon it was natural that we would want to come and run because they took such great care of my little boy," Seekins said. "Eight years ago I gave birth to a four-pound baby boy. He was approximately six weeks early and because of how early he was, he spent 19 days at Hendricks Children's Hospital and spent time in the giraffe bed, utilizing a lot of the equipment that is purchased by Children's Miracle Network."

Aiden Seekins, her now seven-year old son, was a Miracle Baby at Hendrick Children's Hospital. He'll even tell you about it if you ask him.

"I was a miracle child and how they happened is when I was born, if I was born the day I was supposed to be I would have died but my mom was hurting badly so we went to the doctor," said Aiden.

Aiden ran in the kid's fun run on Saturday and he said he is glad that his parents make a habit of running for a cause that saved his life.

As for Aiden's mom, this is Jennifer's third time running the 26.2 mile trail and this year the race even fell on her birthday, but that didn't stop her.

She and her husband also make the Children's Miracle Network Telethon a priority.

"Every year during the telethon we're able to participate and renew our monthly pledge every year," she said. "They have other events that go on throughout the year so any time we can be involved is what we would like to do."