A Lebanon couple well-known in the online fitness community will be running thousands of miles to help a boy who survived a February crash that killed his 5-year-old sister, a woman and seriously injured his father.
Steve and Fiona Shaw have committed to running 2,500 kilometers, approximately 1,553 miles, to raise funds to support the ongoing recovery of Aidan Bishop.
Steve Shaw said they hope to raise enough money to buy robotic legs for the 6-year-old, who was left paralyzed from the Feb. 3 double-fatal crash on Wilmington-Dayton Road in Sugarcreek Twp.
“The robotic assisted device connects to the central nervous system. Basically over time it will allow his brain to control the device. Insurance doesn’t cover it, but it will enable him to walk again,” Shaw said.
The single-vehicle crash into a concrete culvert happened on a Sunday morning on Wilmington-Dayton between Spring Valley Pike and Social Row Road.
Aidan’s sister, 5-year-old Roselynn Bishop, was killed in the crash as was front-seat passenger Menley Downs, 23, of Waynesville. The driver, 30-year-old Adam Bishop, of Lebanon, was seriously injured in the crash. The children, who were rear-seat passengers, were buckled in but they were not properly restrained in child seats, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office is waiting on the final pieces of the patrol’s investigation before reviewing the case for possible charges, said First Assistant Prosecutor Suzanne Schmidt.
Steve Shaw, a U.S. Army veteran whose “Massive Iron” Youtube channel has more than 52,000 subscribers, was recently profiled in “Men’s Health” magazine for his dramatic body transformation, shedding 100 pounds of fat and developing a lean, muscular frame.
Shaw said he uses his large social media following as an opportunity to support charities or individuals. He sought suggestions from Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer for a cause to support when he and his wife committed to the long hours of running, approximately 31 miles a week.
Brewer said making the connection for the Shaws filled her with hope.
“It’s the perfect match for this family to be connected with the Shaws,” Brewer said. “I felt so hopeful when it all came together … I believe this boy Aidan is destined for great things.”
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Shaw said the roadwork will help him and his wife prepare for a 96-hour, 150-mile endurance race set for May 2020 in Tennessee.
“(Aidan) is just a wonderful kid. it was the perfect fit,” he said.
The overall goal is to raise $250,000 to purchase the robotic legs and support Aidan’s recovery. Donations can be made at run4aidan.com.