On October 21, 2012, Matt ran his first full marathon in honor of his friend, Lindsay Giannobile. In the three months leading up to the race, he was able to use this website, social media, and the help of some amazing friends to raise over $1,000 for every mile he ran. The result? Helping Lindsay and Tony fulfill their dream – becoming parents.

A Little Background

Two years ago this October, my wife and I were married in Columbus, Ohio. The night before our ceremony we got a call from our friend, Lindsay.

She was calling to tell us that she had just been diagnosed with breast cancer, and that she and her husband Tony would not be able to make it to the wedding. As excited as we were to be married, the shocking news weighed heavy on our minds as we celebrated our special day without them.

Since October 2010, Lindsay Рwith the help of many talented doctors at The James OSU Cancer Center Рhas successfully fought off Stage III invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer through the use of chemo, radiation, and a mastectomy.

Lindsay and Tony were ecstatic to be “cancer-free” for a short while, but the discovery of benign spots in her back this past December means she will not be able to carry kids.

The upside: Lindsay and Tony were proactive and froze some of her eggs, enabling them to still have children of their own. The downside: surrogacy is insanely expensive.

Enter ForLindsay.com

Matt, Blair (wife) & Kelly (sister-in-law) after the 2011 Columbus Half-Marathon

Last October, I completed my first half-marathon with a time of 1:55:27 in preparation for someday reaching my goal of running a full marathon.

Calling myself a “runner” would be a massive overstatement. I did not run in high school or college, but over the past 18 months or so I have found that the more I do it, the more I love it. The challenge to run faster and farther each time I step outside is what keeps me coming back for more.

That said, the idea of running 26.2 miles is daunting. Like most things in life, it is not the singular act of completing a full marathon that is the hardest part; it is the preparation, the training that prepares you for those significant milestones. Step by step, run by run, I am dedicated to reaching my goal.

Symbolic of the long journey I have ahead (and the longer one Lindsay has already traveled), I have decided to dedicate my training and run the full Columbus Marathon on October 21st for Lindsay (hence, ForLindsay.com) – donating any funds I can raise to assist her and Tony with the high cost of surrogate pregnancy along the way.

Why Surrogacy? Why Now?

Pregnancy is one of those life-changing events that brings so much happiness to families, yet many people take for granted. When I was younger, the concept of having a child seemed so simple. But as we enter this stage of our life and more of our friends, family, and acquaintances prepare for parenthood, it has become apparent that pregnancy is no walk in the park.

Recently, a number of close friends – healthy, young, productive friends – had to explore alternative options for having children of their own. Adoption, fertility drugs, artificial insemination, surrogacy: all options that you don’t hear about when you’re younger.

How You Can Help Lindsay and Tony

This website is not about me, it’s about us. Together, we have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of a young, energetic, kind-hearted couple who have overcome such extraordinary circumstances. No one deserves a child of their own more than Lindsay and Tony do – and together we can give this gift to them.

So how can we help?

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