McConnell AFB pediatrician to run Boston Marathon

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Dr. Chris Wilhelm, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, takes care of those defending our country.

The pediatrician has served one tour of duty in Iraq and another in Afghanistan and is currently stationed at McConnell Air Force Base as the chief medical officer. He was recently selected out of 500 applicants to run the Boston Marathon as a “healer.”

“I wrote an essay about who I am and what I do and they picked me,” Wilhelm said.

The contest was put on by Hyland’s, a homeopathic pharmaceutical company based out of California. Hyland’s selected 18 doctors, nurses, dentists and other “healers” to represent the 2019 team.

In addition to his military service, Wilhelm has also went on several humanitarian missions to central America.

He picked up running after returning home from Afghanistan.

“One as an outlet, a stress reliever, but number two, as a physician, I feel I should be an example for my fellow airmen and patients,” Wilhelm said.

Wilhelm leaves Friday for the Boston Marathon, which takes place Monday.

“It’s just an honor to be the only member of McConnell Air Force Base and represent my fellow airmen here at the air refueling wing,” Wilhelm said.

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