Angels Among Us 2020

Purchase a *UPDATED DESIGN* #NESTORSTRONG Team t-shirt to wear on race day รยข'" PRE-ORDER by April 1st, 2018!
Purchase a *UPDATED DESIGN* #NESTORSTRONG Team t-shirt to wear on race day รยข'" PRE-ORDER by April 1st, 2018!

#NESTORSTRONG EMPOWER Personalized Fitness

Thank you for your interest in supporting Team #NESTORSTRONG EMPOWER Personalized Fitness over the last four years!

It is now 2019 and we are still #NESTORSTRONG and "Outrunning Cancer Together!”

As you already know, Nestor Paonessa was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June of 2015. Just days after diagnosis, much of the tumor was surgically removed at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. Following surgery, he immediately began intense radiation treatments and a 2 year-long regimen of chemotherapy that he finally completed in August of 2017. Thanks to Drs. Henry and Allan Friedman and the rest of their elite team of researchers, doctors, physician assistants, nurses, and radiologists, Nestor has been EMPOWERed to face a historically fatal cancer diagnosis head-on and to fully live the life he envisioned once again.

Read more about Nestor’s story in the July 2016 Cancer Awareness issue of Endurance Magazine:

Follow Nestor's journey in his blog here:

With Duke’s life-saving help, Nestor has resumed many of his favorite physical activities, including long distance running and hiking. On April 1st, 2017, he completed the Umstead 100-Mile Endurance Run, which he ran to raise funds for Team #NESTORSTRONG, the Angels Among Us 5k, and the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center.

Read more about the run in the June 7, 2017 issue of the Duke Chronicle HERE:

Two months after that race, Nestor and his wife Ashley traveled to Tanzania, Africa, and hiked to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro (the highest freestanding mountain in the world at 19,341 feet of elevation) and then took an African safari – proof that Nestor is still living his best life and benefitting from the cutting-edge treatments at Duke.

Watch video highlights from their Kilimanjaro trek HERE:

Please join us again in this fight against brain cancer so that we can help more people create and experience the life that they envision with access to the life-saving, first-class medical care that Duke provides.

Ways to support TEAM #NESTORSTRONG:

1) Make a secure online donation HERE:

2) Purchase a #NESTORSTRONG Team t-shirt to wear on race day – PRE-ORDER by April 1st, 2019 HERE:


4) Support from afar – run or walk with us on April 27 in your #NESTORSTRONG shirt (BUY A SHIRT HERE:, take a picture/selfie in your shirt, then post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the tag #NESTORSTRONG.

Thank you for your support of #NESTORSTRONG and the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. Your donation and/or participation in Angels Among Us gives survivors HOPE that they too can still chase their dreams and lead a long and fulfilling life; the life that they have envisioned for themselves.

With love and gratitude,

The EMPOWER Personalized Fitness TEAM

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