We Did It!

26.2 Miles and $26,848 Later

Three months. That’s all it took.

On July 17, 2012 I committed to run the Columbus Marathon and launched this site. Since then, we have seen 14,000 visitors and over 250 donations from friends, family, community members, and strangers alike. Today, I am proud to announce that we surpassed our goal.

Running the Columbus Marathon

Sunday, October 21st started as a cool, foggy day in Columbus – perfect running weather. My first 13.1 miles went extremely well (1:57, just two minutes slower than my pace last year), but my IT band fought me from mile 14 on, resulting in a slower second half. Event still, I am happy with my first effort, finishing in 4 hours and 19 minutes – two minutes under the average race time.

Overall, it was great to see so many people – many of whom I’ve never met – cheering me on throughout the course. Columbus Commons, German Village, the Horseshoe, Grandview, and the finish line. You were everywhere. Thank you.

All of the #ForLindsay signs and shirts gave me the energy to push through a very difficult second half of the race. But as I rounded the corner at Waltham and Cambridge in Grandview near mile 21.5, I received the best news possible.

Lindsay, Tony, my wife Blair, my brother Adam, and the Giannobile’s surrogate Kristen were jumping up and down, cheering at the top of their lungs.

“WE DID IT!” they screamed. “You hit your goal!!!”

I was shocked. Ecstatic. Humbled.

A friend of the family had logged onto the site during the race and donated the remainder of the funds. $26,201, my new favorite number. I was excited by the news, but it took every ounce of emotional energy I had to keep my composure.

I powered through miles 22 through 26, and was pleasantly surprised when my brother jumped onto the course and finished the final leg behind me, carrying a sign that read: “ForLindsay.com – Over $25,000 Raised – Watch. Run. Donate.


In the months after the marathon, Lindsay and Tony anxiously awaited the arrival of their son. Kristen – a family friend – stepped forward as the surrogate and carried their dream as the couple traveled back and forth from Seattle for a proprietary cancer study.

On May 19, 2013, Rocco Antonio Giannobile was born, weighing 5 lbs. and 15 oz.

Currently, the results from Lindsay’s post-treatment scans are extremely encouraging, so much so that the doctors hope to roll out the new vaccine to an even larger group of candidates in 2014.

Thank you to everyone for your support, love, and contributions in the months leading up to the race. We simply could not have done it without you. 

Hi there! My name is Matt, and I ran the full Columbus Marathon on October 21st, 2012 on behalf of my good friend Lindsay. See her story HERE.

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One Comment

  1. Amazing. I don’t have words to express how selfless you are, how the story of Lindsay touched SO many, the support of everyone to make this happen—amazing.