MetroHealth doctor plans to run 50 miles on his 50th birthday to raise money for brain injury unit

CLEVELAND - Some celebrate birthdays with candles and a cake, but MetroHealth Dr. Jeffrey Galvin plans to celebrate by running 50 miles for his 50th birthday Tuesday.

Dr. Galvin will complete the run to help raise money for the hospital's brain injury unit.

He plans to run from Huron, Ohio to the front doors at MetroHealth's Rehabilitation Pavilion, off W. 25th Street. 

Dr. Galvin will also be raising money for The Blazeman Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to find a cure for ALS.

The doctor began running nearly 10 years ago after back surgery caused him to put on extra pounds. 

He also wanted to set and example for his patients. 

“As a physician you can’t sit in your chair at 300 pounds and tell your patients ‘you need to exercise more,’ ” says Dr. Galvin.

This will be Dr. Galvin’s first attempt at ultradistance running but he’ll have help from MetroHealth colleagues including Dr. Peter Greco who will run portions of the route alongside him to keep him at his target pace of 8- to 9-minute miles.

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