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Senior Marathoner Honors the Cardiology Team Who Kept Her Running


Last fall when Nanette Rodgers, an 87-year-old woman from Winter Haven, Fla., underwent open heart surgery, she knew she wanted to be able to continue living an active lifestyle – and that she would share her success with the AdventHealth cardiovascular team who helped make her dream become a reality.

Just a few months after her surgery, she visited with board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon Kevin D. Accola, MD, to recognize his contribution to her ongoing vitality. Rodgers honored Dr. Accola with the gift of her 2023 Celebration Half Marathon finisher’s medal, a race where Rodgers also took home the top prize for her age group.

Rodgers credits her enthusiasm and zest for life to her commitment to living well. She maintains strong relationships with her AdventHealth care team, which also includes Anil Kumar, MD, and Ahmed Masood, MD, who have also received race medals from Rodgers.

Rodgers has set a goal to run the Kona Marathon in Hawaii to celebrate her 90th birthday.

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