Marathon run in honour of miracle babies

A woman standing in front of an incubator holds a newborn baby.
Neonatal nurse Eleanor Paterson with a premature two day old baby boy.
June 15, 2018

Fiona Stanley Hospital clinical nurse Eleanor Paterson is gearing up for the New York City (NYC) Marathon later this year by commencing her training and fundraising efforts.

Eleanor is running for the Miracle Babies Foundation, having seen the impact of their work in the neonatal unit.

“We directly see the extreme stresses placed on families when babies are born prematurely, or with difficulties, and in need of special care. This experience can be traumatic, with extensive ongoing psychological effects for the parents,” Eleanor said.  

“The Miracle Babies Foundation provides programs to bring parents together so they do not feeling so isolated, and provide support programs and resources.”

Being able to support the Miracle Babies Foundation, while achieving her dream of running the NYC marathon is a perfect combination for Eleanor.

“It is one of the most iconic and largest marathons in the world - the course takes runners through all boroughs of the city, finishing in Central Park. I’m not getting any younger, so I want to do this while I can,” she said.

“I feel very privileged to be accepted to take part as entry is competitive with only 50,000 runners and more than double that applying.”

Having completed her first and only marathon 25 years ago in Saudi Arabia, Eleanor knows what she is up for and her training is well underway.  

Donate here (external site) to support Eleanor reach the $10,000 fundraising minimum to compete in the NYC marathon.