As Mike and I were putting together our adventure plan for 2017, a friend approached us about partnering up with Imerman Angels in running the Chicago Marathon.  It took us only  a few minutes to quickly reply with an enthusiastic YES!  The Chicago Marathon has been on Mike’s radar for some time now; mixed with my love for endurance sports, it was a no-brainer to run such an iconic race together for an incredible and awe-inspiring organization like Imerman Angels.

In the simplest of terms, Imerman Angels provides (free) personalized connections that create one-on-one support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.  Imerman Angels uses a unique matching process to find cancer support that can be related to the type of cancer the survivor may be going through.  Now, I don’t have to sit here and type my stories of how cancer has affected mine and Mike’s families because the truth is, we have all been affected in some way or another.  Whether it be a close friend, family member, sister or brother, cousin, aunt or uncle, colleague or even our own self… It’s an unfortunate truth that we all have our own experience to share when it comes to cancer; whether we have been a caregiver, fighter, survivor or supportive friend/relative.  Since we can all share this connection, we must take action in support of those feeling alone, lost, confused and most of all, scared.  It is crucial that we provide one-on-one support for every cancer fighter, survivor and caregiver who needs it-free of charge.

Because the Mentor Angel experience is completely free, the organization relies heavily on fundraising. That’s where WE come in!

A little background for you here: many of you know of my passion for endurance sports particularly running and ultramarathons, however, Mike… well, I made him run a marathon once without training and let’s just say, I am super lucky we are still married. BUT-this time around, we will be training together.

T-Minus 9 Months Nolan

T-Minus 9 Months Nolan

Mark your calendars for Monday, January 30th! Mike will begin training for his first official marathon and we want you to follow along! We are going to be posting videos, training tips through social media, our fundraising website and blog posts so that you can follow our journey to 26.2 miles in October.  There are also a few ultramarathons on my calendar for 2017 (including 50k, 100k and even a 100 miler), so if you are looking for insight on training for the longer distances, you can find that on our outlets as well.  Our goal is to share our experience so that you walk away with tips on fitness, health, running, marathon training, and most of all/at the very least some good old fashion entertainment! WAHOO!

What we need from you:

As you keep up with our running journey for the next 9 months, please make a contribution to our fundraising goal of $2,500 to be raised before the Chicago Marathon on October 8, 2016.  That means $25 from 100 people. Donating is super easy and can be done on our fundraising page here: Ashley and Mike Nolan Fundraising Page

There is so much more to come in the next 9 months so please stay tuned to the following outlets (Mom, you just have to click on the words and it will take you to the site):

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