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Nursing Students to Run Chicago Marathon for a Cause

Ogrodnick and Murray
AU classmates Sterling Murray and Kevin Ogrodnick forged a common bond as runners. Now they're headed to the Chicago Marathon.

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Sterling Murray and Kevin Ogrodnick, students in the accelerated bachelor’s in nursing program offered by the College of Arts and Sciences at Anderson University, are on a mission to bring change to the lives of children in Africa.  

Murray and Ogrodnick found a common bond in their love for running. One day a classmate overheard their conversation about running marathons, and she told them about Oasis for Orphans, a Kenya-based organization where she worked for several years, and that they were getting up a team to run the Chicago Marathon and to raise funds for the charity.  

“Running is fun. It’s great, but it’s just for you. The idea that we’re going to have a just larger impact on someone other than just ourselves,” Ogrodnick said. “It’s just an extra motivation.” 

“When you have a cause you’re running for, it gives you extra motivation to get out the door early, get your run in for the day and know you’re doing it for something bigger than yourself,” Murray said. “Taking in pride in how you’re running, how you’re representing this great organization makes it more meaningful.” 

On October 13 Murray and Ogrodnick will channel their determination and endurance in Chicago. They say that every step they take in the marathon is a step towards positive change. To that end, they are seeking donations with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Oasis for Orphans. For more information about how Oasis for Orphans help children, visit their website. Details about how to support Murray and Ogrodnick are online here. 

“We are bursting with pride for Sterling and Kevin’s planned run for the Chicago Marathon,” said Anderson University College of Health Professions Dean, Dr. Donald Peace. “I believe they will not only run the marathon but will conquer this challenging course in October. Sterling and Kevin represent Anderson University and the College of Health Professions in a truly inspiring way. Their dedication, perseverance and athletic spirit are a shining example for the entire community. Their success will truly reflect the values we hold dear at the College of Health Professions, and we’re honored to have them as part of our program.”  

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