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Lace up your walking and running shoes for the Nolan’s H.E.R.O. Foundation 2nd Annual 5K Run and 3.13K Walk on Saturday, September 10th. The event will be held at the Maine Central Institute (MCI) football field in Pittsfield Maine.
This event is in memory of Nolan K. Berthelette, an MCI freshman, musician, artist, athlete, and H.E.R.O. (Helping Everyone Realize Opportunities) who lost his life to a sudden brain aneurysm on July 18th, 2014.
“Being a hero doesn’t take a person that is superior to others or someone with an abnormal power. All it takes is an average human looking to do what is right for others”, Nolan Berthelette once said.

This annual event is organized by Nolan’s H.E.R.O. Foundation which is a non-profit organization formed to carry on the mission of Nolan Berthelette, a Pittsfield youth, who suffered a fatal brain aneurysm at the age of 14. The goal, and funds from the event, will go towards raising awareness of brain aneurysms and to support those who are finding ways to be a H.E.R.O. in the lives of others.
A brain aneurysm is a weak bulge on the wall of an artery in the brain and can catastrophically rupture. It is estimated that up to 1 in 50 people in the US will develop a brain aneurysm during their lifetime. Due to the lack of awareness and research funding, the situation today is grim. Each year about 30,000 people will suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm. Almost half of the victims will die and of those surviving, only a third will recover without disabilities. Awareness saves lives. More about symptoms, detection and treatments can be found at Maine Brain Aneurysm Awareness:
The Foundation hopes that this annual event will grow to include many more families affected by brain aneurysms and this day is used to honor survivors and remember loved ones lost to this silent killer. The day starts at 10 AM on the football field in the back of the MCI campus with registration, family gatherings, corporate tents, a 50/50 raffle. The timed 5K Run will begin at 11:30 AM with prizes awarded to top runners in multiple age groups. The 3.13K Walk will follow the run at 11:45 AM.
Sponsors of the event include: Sebasticook Valley Hospital (SVH), Maine Central Institute (MCI) and Hartley’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. September is Brain Aneurysm Awareness month in Maine. For more information visit,