John Nichols ran his fourth Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2012 with a personal best time of 4:32:08, a good time.
For Nichols crossing the finish line was the end of several amazing journeys. In 1993 Nichols was paralyzed from the neck down after a water skiing injury.
For many people that is the end of the story, not for John. Working with the experts at The Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois, John reached a level of recovery through rehabilitation that less than one percent of all spinal cord injury patients attain. Not only was he walking again, he was running.
Not being the kind of guy to turn his back on the people who helped him run again, Nichols raised more than $43,000 while training for the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The fundraising efforts by Nichols and his teammates contributed to an event record of $15.3 million raised in 2012 for the benefit of 190 charities. Since the Bank of America Chicago Marathon charity program was officially established in 2002, participants have raised a total of $100 million for local, national and global causes.
Bank of America recognized Nichols, with the Mayor Richard M. Daley and Maggie Daley Award. The award was established in 2010 to honor the Bank of America Chicago Marathon participant who raised the most funds for charity through the annual world-class endurance event. The award will be presented at a ceremony at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Charity Reception.
The amount of money Nichols raised was amazing. What’s more amazing is there are 190 charities that you can run for this year in the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Though you may not raise $43,000 every dollar counts and goes to help people like John Nichols live out their dreams.
To learn more about the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Charities, click here.
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