Some of you know that my wife was diagnosed with a rare cancer last year. I still remember Dec. 12th, 2019, like it was yesterday; because a lot of times, it still feels like yesterday. The day started off getting up super early to get to the hospital for routine surgery. ( It was the second time we had made this trip! The first time we found out Mandy was pregnant, and we couldn’t have the surgery.) After getting checked in, and getting into the back prep area, the medical personnel finally asked Mandy’s mom and me to go back to the waiting room.

Sitting there, I watched the screen until I finally saw Mandy’s number go from red to blue, meaning she was in surgery. Within five minutes, my phone rang. It was the nurse asking us to go to a different room because the doctor wanted to speak with us. (That’s never good, and I knew it.) I remember the doctor telling us that it was definitely cancer, and he didn’t need to wait for the results of the pathology. I had every emotion I could possibly have all at once. I was so scared for my wife and my unborn baby. I was scared for my little girl, Luna, and I was worried for my mother in law who just got told her baby girl had cancer.

After getting out of the hospital, and knowing my wife had some fighting to do, not only for her but for our little girls, I decided to do everything I could to raise awareness of this lethal cancer and to be as strong as I could for my family. I decided to run the Chicago marathon and raise money and awareness for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. I'm continuing this plight by committing to run a marathon every month for the next year. Please help me support this great cause and keep my wife around for my girls.

Thank you!

- Delorean and Mandy Ostrom

Tentative Schedule

January 9, 2022
Walt Disney World Marathon
Orlando, Florida

February 27, 2022
Publix Atlanta Marathon
Atlanta, Georgia

March 5, 2022
(day after my 37th bday)
Snickers Marathon
Albany, Georgia

April 24, 2022
Magnolia Silo District Marathon
Waco, Texas

June 18, 2022
Grandma's Marathon
Duluth, Minnesota

Oct/Nov 2022
New York or Chicago Marathon

other events TBD

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Racing for Hope Journal Entry 8 – Marathon #1

By Delorean Ostrom | January 18, 2022

Well, this was unbelievable! Leading up to the marathon, we shared our story on our neighborhood Facebook page. I shared about the run and why I was doing it. The support we got on Facebook and while running was amazing! I can’t thank all of those that came out or wrote encouraging words on those…

Racing for Hope Journal Entry 7 – Racing for hope after Christmas

By Delorean Ostrom | January 18, 2022

Well, we missed Christmas and have spent a week in the hospital. The whole time I was so frustrated with the nurses and doctors. I felt the entire time no one would do anything for us. I know they are overworked and short-staffed, and it’s not a job that I would ever want. It was…

Racing for Hope Journal Entry 6 – Christmastime

By Delorean Ostrom | January 18, 2022

Alright, let’s get down to business, shall we? After Mandy’s 2 year cancer-versary, we went to Minnesota to see some of her family. While there, we ended up in the emergency room for 10 hours! Mandy had an infection in her drain and bile. She was given antibiotics to help. After we came home, Mandy…

Racing for Hope Journal Entry 5 – 2 years after diagnosis

By Delorean Ostrom | January 18, 2022

Sorry, it’s been a little bit since I updated you guys on everything but here we are back at it again! So this past Sunday was 18 miles on my training plan, man, was it tough! I got it done in just under 3 hours but one of the reasons it was so difficult was…

Mandy’s Perspective

By Mandy Delorean | November 21, 2021

This is my first entry. I was hoping to write an entry here and there to give a different perspective, a patient’s perspective.  I was very fortunate to not suffer from anxiety or depression while growing up. I developed some anxiety after my daughter was born, which I figured was normal. It didn’t interfere with…

Racing for Hope Journal Entry 4

By Delorean Ostrom | November 17, 2021

Video Blog for Week 5

Racing for Hope Journal Entry 3

By Delorean Ostrom | October 31, 2021

Week 3 and I am already making big strides in the training! I’m getting faster, which is really cool. Hopefully, the miles on my feet will help with the endurance. We are making big strides on the fundraising as well! $1,767 already raised and the year hasn’t even started! If you are reading this, donated,…

Racing for Hope Journal Entry 2

By Delorean Ostrom | October 19, 2021

So, we are into week 2 of training! This past weekend, I did a Spartan super race on Saturday. On Sunday, I got to run a Spartan sprint with my incredible fighter wife and my reason for racing for hope. I couldn’t be prouder of Mandy. She absolutely killed the course! Every obstacle she had…

Racing for Hope Journal Entry 1

By Delorean Ostrom | October 13, 2021

Hello! I don’t really know how to start this, but here we go! If you are reading this, I’m assuming you know why I’m running 12 marathons in 12 months. Well, I just finished the Chicago marathon! It was my second ever marathon. I had the privilege to run it with teamCCF! It was such…