Many of you know that I lost my mom to cancer, but what you may not know is how Imerman Angels helped both me and my mom through those difficult times. While I had previously admired and supported Imerman Angels' cause, this experience drove me to run the 2019 Chicago Marathon in support of the organization.
Imerman Angels was founded on the premise of connecting cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers to help those affected understand what to expect, share their experiences, and generally have a support network. The basic but novel cause came into focus for me when my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. The experience and support of Imerman was invaluable for me, not only as a support network, but also to understand how to support my mom.
Now its my turn to give back to them and I'll hope you'll join me in supporting Imerman Angels. I understand how powerful their cause of making sure nobody goes through cancer alone and I hope we can together support Imerman Angels so they don't. For those who knew my mom, you know how much she enjoyed hearing about all the goofy races and events I did, so I thought the Chicago Marathon was a perfect opportunity honor her in our support of Imerman Angels.
This is also my 20th consecutive year in a row running the Chicago Marathon with my friend and fellow Imerman Angels supporter, Jay Schiesser. We have run with Imerman Angels each of the 13 years that the organization has had a team, including making it a bit more fun in recent years by wearing goofy costumes the whole 26.2 mile course. Pictures of the last two years are above and this year promises to be even better. Hopefully you can head out to the course to cheer us and other runners on and get a good laugh at the costumes. We've, of course, got something fun in store for you again!
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