Michelle and Patrick met in October 2008, at a work conference for the American Cancer Society in Los Angeles. They felt an immediate connection with each other, a special spark that became more and more apparent as they continued to bump into each other at work events throughout the Fall of 2008. That December, Michelle came to visit Patrick in San Francisco for New Year’s Eve, and they had a blast playing tourists in the city together. They soon began officially dating long distance – Michelle in Orange County, Patrick in the Bay Area. Eventually, Michelle moved to the Bay Area for about a year, before they moved back to Orange County together in 2010, where they now live with their beloved dog Charlie. Michelle continues her inspiring work with the American Cancer Society, while Patrick now lives his dream working for a mountain bike website.