SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — In Haven Hall at Syracuse University, you will find a student with a huge passion for overcoming obstacles. Meg Wilkie is a junior in SU’s InclusiveU program. She has made running marathons her identity.
Meg Wilkie battles both chronic nerve damage and a developmental disability, but that won’t ever stop her from chasing her dreams.
“I want to run a marathon in all 50 states, and I’m going to,” Wilkie said. “People say I’m inspiring, but I just like running.”
Meg has plenty of mentors at Syracuse University. One of her biggest fans is Josh Jones, who works with students at InclusiveU.
“She is truly the embodiment of if you work hard, there’s nothing you can’t achieve,” said Jones. “Being able to run one marathon is impressive being able to do the extent she’s done is next level.”
Meg Wilkie is also a member of Syracuse University’s club running team.
“They are a very nice group of people that always support me and welcome me,” said Wilkie. “It’s great running after school and inside during the winter.”
Meg was diagnosed with chronic nerve damage in 2014 after falling outside of her house on her birthday. Doctors questioned whether Meg would ever be able to run again. Meg’s Mother, Carol Wilkie, had no doubt.
“She’s not giving up; she wants to run every state,” Carol Wilkie said.
Meg’s family, friends, and mentors, have no doubt she will one day run in all 50 states. “Like there is nothing stopping this girl, and it’s a message to not only InclusiveU students and staff but to anyone who pays attention to her story that there is legitimately nothing holding you back from achieving what you want in life,” said Josh Jones.