SUMMIT, NJ - Most folks spend their weekends running errands. Thirteen-year-old Hilltop City resident Brady O'Shea spent his weekend running 48 miles.
That's right. Forty-eight miles.
And, to boot, he selflessly accomplished what for many would be an unimaginable feat to benefit Goryeb Children's Hospital, where Brady himself is a former patient. Goryeb, part of Atlantic Health System, is a state-designated, nonprofit, children’s hospital providing state-of-the-art healthcare for 50,000 children annually -- from birth through age 21 -- in a healing, family-centered environment.
According to the GoFundMe site Brady established, Goryeb Children's Hospital, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year reached full capacity and had to turn away 27 ill children, because of that they are looking for donations to expand their occupancy.
In addition to the cause, Brady was inspired after reading Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins. He said he "became obsessed with all his (Goggins') ideas and challenges," one of which is the '4x4x48 Challenge', wherein participants run four miles every four hours over a 48-hour period.
According to Brady, "I began striving to test my limits and callous my mind.I started training for this challenge six days a week with endless runs, even more endless calisthenics, and in the weight room. Nothing will stand in the way of me and the finish line."
And, nothing did.
A crowd of supporters was there to see Brady off on his final 4-mile run, which took place on a 34-degree night at 7 p.m. In addition to a couple of his buddies that ran with him, Brady had some company on the final leg of his 48-hour journey in the form of a Summit Police Department escort, which departed his house to the cheers of family and friends.
If his send-off party was notable, his welcome party about 37 minutes later was a smash, with about twice as many family and friends and rigs and personnel from the Summit Police and Fire Departments and the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad all on hand -- lights on -- to watch him run through a homemade banner at the 'finish line.'
To support Brady's fundraising effort for Goryeb Children's Hospital, visit gofundme.com/f/4x4x48-challenge-for-charity.