Thank you for your interest in supporting Team #NESTORSTRONG & EMPOWER Personalized Fitness!
Ways to Support #NestorStrong
This year the FIGHT continues as we have been personally touched and inspired by Nestor’s story and we are committed to raising $20,000 and generating awareness for the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. There are many ways for you to get involved and support this cause that is so near and dear to the Empower Community and our General Manager Nestor and his wife Ashley. Please consider joining us in this fight against brain cancer through several charitable opportunities.
BBQ Fundraiser – April 23, 2017
Save the Date
Join us for a Fundraiser and Dinner Experience with all proceeds going to Team #NESTORSTRONG! More info coming soon.
Dine Out for the Cause
February 20th & March 22nd
Bring your family and friends and join us for dinner on Monday, February 20 and Wednesday, March 22 at Picnic in Durham.
A portion of all dinner receipts go to Team #NestorStrong
Purchase a Team #NestorStrong shirt to wear on race day
(Men’s, Women’s, Youth sizes available)
A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Brain Tumor Center at Duke
Pick up in studio or we will ship!
Support Local Businesses and Raise Money for Team #NestorStrong
Need a new pair of shoes or some gear for an upcoming race? Or do you just love to shop? Support TEAM #NestorStrong when you shop at two local retailers leading up to the Angels Among Us Race on April 29, 2017.
March 26 – April 1 – Shop Fleet Feet Durham and mention TEAM #NestorStrong. 10% of all sales will go to the Brain Tumor Center.
April 22 – 23 – Shop Bull City Running Company and mention TEAM #NestorStrong. 10% of all sales will go to the Brain Tumor Center.
When you support our friends and community partners it’s a WIN, WIN, WIN. You are making an economic impact on your local community, you are helping support the cutting-edge research and treatment at The Brain Tumor Center and you are you are getting some great new running gear!
Angels Among Us – April 29, 2017 – 8:00 am
Thanks to the cutting-edge treatment at Duke, our friend and General Manager Nestor Paonessa has beaten brain cancer and resumed many of his favorite physical activities – including long distance running and hiking.
Join Empower and Team #NestorStrong for this family-friendly event that is sure to be a blast for everyone. In 2016 we had the largest team out of the course and this year our goal is to have the largest team AND raise $20,000 to support The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center and the Angels Among Us organization so there are many more positive stories like Nestor’s.
The day begins with a 5K run through the Duke campus, followed by a 3K family walk through Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Angels Among Us also offers a silent auction, fun activities for children and food trucks.
Can’t make it to Durham on April 29? You can still support TEAM #NestorStrong when you register for the race, purchase a shirt and run/walk in your hometown. Show your support on social media when you use hashtag #NestorStrong. Let’s start a trend on April 29!
As most of you already know, Nestor Paonessa, our Assistant General Manager, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July 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 regimen of chemotherapy that continues to this day. 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 here.
With Duke’s life-saving help, Nestor has resumed many of his favorite physical activities, including long distance running and hiking. In early September, he began training for the Umstead 100-Mile Endurance Run, which he will run to raise funds for Team #NESTORSTRONG, the Angels Among Us 5k, and the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center on April 1st, 2017. Shortly after this race, he and his wife Ashley will hike Mt. Kilimanjaro and take an African safari – proof that Nestor is living his best life and benefitting from the cutting-edge treatments at Duke. Please join us in this fight against brain cancer so that we can help more people have access to the life-saving, first-class medical care that Duke provides.
- M.S. Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- B.A. Exercise and Sport Science – Athletic Training, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- BOC Certified Athletic Trainer
- NCBATE Licensed Athletic Trainer
- My top 3 songs on my playlist right now: You won’t find individual songs on my playlist – instead, I prefer radio “stations” covering the genres of Merengue, Bachata, Samba, Bossanova, and other Latin/Smooth Jazz.
- Favorite Movie – Star Wars – The Force Awakens (if you haven’t already, see it in IMAX 3D – it will blow your mind!)
- Favorite place to spend my free time – Somewhere in the middle of the woods backpacking with my beautiful wife Ashley