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Ralph to go the distance for granddaughter

Team Superstars Ralph Imholte
Ralph Imholte is running the Twin Cities Marathon in honor of his granddaughter, Harper.

Brady Gervais 

On the first day registration opened for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, Ralph Imholte signed up, becoming the inaugural member of Children’s charity endurance team, Team Superstars.

For Imholte, 62, running for a cause is one thing in his life that’s simply pure and good, he said. He’s running in honor of his granddaughter, Harper, whose life was saved at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota when she was 3 years old. She was diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome due to E. coli, and she suffered severe damage to her kidneys, liver and pancreas. She spent two months in Children’s pediatric intensive care unit and required a transplant.

Four years later, Harper is thriving.

It won’t be Imholte’s first marathon, but it will be the first time he has run more than 26.2 miles in five years. Neither the distance nor the fundraising seem to faze him. He has raised $3,650 for Children’s and has no plans of stopping.

Imholte gives back in other ways, too. He joins his family every year and serves a meal at the Ronald McDonald House inside Children’s – Minneapolis through the Cooks for Kids program.

“When I get to the finish line (of the Twin Cities Marathon), I know the next question will be what more can I do?” Ralph said.

Support Ralph and other runners today.

Brady Gervais is an annual giving officer for the foundation at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.