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Tim Noonan's NYC Marathon Fund

Bix-7 in Davenport, my last road race!

Bix-7 in Davenport, my last road race!

Team Fundraising Goal: $3,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 47
Total Value of Gifts: $2,510.00

Recent Donors

Molly Ann Sikora

Jean Poland

Jo Ann and Mike Behrens

Mitch and Nancy Osborn for the Curlew Kid!

Kira Fraser

Beau Carubia

Ryan Faulstick

Joe Noonan

Holley Bermel

Jana Noonan & Kyle Simonson

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Thanks to all donors for their generosity! 

We at National Stroke Association and the thousands of people we interact with every year offer our sincere thanks.

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On February 25th, 2010 my dad, Dan Noonan, suffered a stroke due to a carotid artery dissection. He was left unable to speak and the right side of his body was essentially paralyzed. However, by the grace of God, the amazing support of family and friends, many motivating therapists, and with an unbelievable determination to overcome his disabilities I'm so happy to say that dad has made an incredible recovery. I have always been proud of my dad for a lot of reasons, but never more than I am now after watching him battle back from his stroke. I can't imagine how hard it was for him, surely it was just as big of a mental challenge as it was a physical one. I think watching my dad's physical abilities get taken away overnight really made it hit home how much I take my health for granted. Over the past several years, I feel I had been getting lazy and out of shape. I would set fitness goals only to let them slip away as soon as the slightest thing got in the way. I would frequently ask dad if he was doing his rehab exercises and prod him if he hadn't, but at the same time I was being a couch potato. I was fully aware how hypocritical I was being but couldn't seem to get myself to do anything about it. Then earlier this year dad said something that really got to me. While walking with Kelly and I, he said out of the blue "I just wish I could run again." Now he was never a distance runner (are any farmers?), but he was and is a great athlete and he was definitely fast. I really believe his athleticism played a big part in his recovery. I felt so sad that he was unable to run anymore, and after he said that, I thought to myself "I can run and here I am squandering that gift." It had been 4 years since I had last run the Bix-7 in Davenport, and I had always wanted to run a longer race but for various reasons (excuses) I never had. It was shortly thereafter that I decided I was going to go big and run a marathon. I was going to run in honor of dad and to show him that he has inspired me to try and be the best I can be. I was going to run because other people couldn't. And perhaps most of all I was going to run because I could. I've been training for this marathon for about 3 months now. While running I envision the race and running through the crowded streets of New York and it gives me goosebumps. And when my legs are getting tired and I'm feeling sorry for myself, wanting to quit, I just go back to thinking about how hard dad had to work throughout his recovery and I just say to myself over and over again: "This isn't hard".

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Jean Poland
Fri, Nov 02, 2012
Proud of you, Tim. Good Luck! Will be thinking of you.

Beau Carubia
Thu, Nov 01, 2012
Kill it buddy....good training for the Tough Muuder in Feb :)

Joe Noonan
Thu, Nov 01, 2012
Good Luck Tim!

Jana Noonan & Kyle Simonson
Wed, Oct 31, 2012
We will be thinking of you on Saturday Tim! Jana & Kyle

Lindsey Meyer
Wed, Oct 31, 2012
You and your dad are both an inspiration to many! What a great idea to help raise money for an important cause. Wish you the best of luck in NYC!
"Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must. Just never give up." -Dean Kamazes

Grandma Blum
Tue, Oct 30, 2012
Dear Tim, I think this is a very hard undertaking, and I'm so proud of you. I watched your dad go through so many difficult therapies, and was so amazed at how he was always ready to do it again the next day. I'll be thinking about you, and remembering you in my prayers. Love, Grandma

Matt Sinnwell & Jennifer Callison
Tue, Oct 30, 2012
You can do it! You got this, dig deep, embrace the challenge and enjoy the run! We'll be rooting for you! Your Dad's story is motivational and so is what you are doing...both stories are an inspiration!

Thu, Oct 25, 2012
Have a great run Tim!--Mary Lou

Nancy Sikora
Mon, Oct 22, 2012
Best of luck Tim, you and your dad are both an inspiration.

Gary & Ruth
Mon, Oct 22, 2012
Hi Tim,
What a great tribute to your Dad. I'm sure he is so very proud of you!
We wish you the best of luck with running the NYC marathon. I'm always so amazed at people that can do that sort of thing. My oldest son, Dave Olsen, is also a marathon runner many times over and also has done ironman competitions. He used to be like you said you were with exercise, but, some how, he decided to get and stay motivated to exercise. Anyway, just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you! Ruth & Gary

Brianna Haywood
Sat, Sep 22, 2012
You are a beautiful example of how we as humans take things in life that are so very important and gifts grom God; and share and ignite others to follow. What you are creating here i hope is for generations to come to be able to see and feel how your gestures are affecting lives! Power of the mind, body, and spirit!!!! And frienships old and new to build a strong foundation to call "your own)!!!!!!!!

This is so soothing to my soul :)

Geri White
Fri, Sep 21, 2012
Hi Tim,
Good Luck with the run! I just donated but the name of donor comes up as Dan Noonan instead of Geri and Dan White - guess I filled the form out incorrectly:-) Will be thinking of you and brother Danny the day of the race!
Geri Lynn

Mon, Sep 17, 2012
Good luck Tim! Have that 'Rocky IV' soundtrack blarin' in the headphones, you'll be good to go!
1. "Burning Heart" - Survivor
2. "Heart's on Fire" - John Cafferty
3. "Double or Nothing" - Kenny Loggins & Gladys Knight
4. "Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor
5. "War/Fanfare From Rocky" - Vince DiCola
6. "Living in America" - James Brown
7. "No Easy Way Out" - Robert Tepper
8. "One Way Street" - Go West
9. "The Sweetest Victory" - Touch
10. "Training Montage" - Vince DiCola
11. "Man Against the World" - Survivor
12. "The Final Countdown" - Europe

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