Cancer has touched my life. Cancer has touched my family. I have watched so many of my loved ones fight like hell and I have had some very dear family members loose their battle to cancer. Cancer touches every single person in someway- individually or it being a loved one. I am sure cancer has touched your life or the life of someone you know in some way.
Cancer has been too much of my life. My mom had ovarian cancer when I was very young. My dad had prostate cancer in 2011. My aunt Carol had breast and bladder cancer and lost her battle to cancer almost 3 years ago. My Aunt Bev had breast Cancer. My cousin Thatcher thankfully is in remission now after a very rough summer! I am beyond thankful for all of my loved ones that are alive and healthy after their cancer diagnoses. Many of my friends loved ones have lost their battle to cancer.
Cancer hit me the absolute hardest when my beloved Nanny Helen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on June 26th, 2017 and heartbrokenly lost her battle September 21st, 2017.
My nanny Helen was my best friend, my biggest cheerleader, the wind beneath my wings, my everything. She was a constant and dependable source of unconditional love, support, warmth, affection, encouragement, and guidance throughout the 33 years I was lucky enough to share with her. Nanny was ALWAYS there for me... through the big things, the little things, and everything in between. She was truly the wind beneath my wings my whole life and since she has passed she has been sending butterflies my way reminding me she is still with me. I'm so lucky we shared the unconditional and loving relationship we had and I miss her and her every day presence in my life beyond what words can explain. I love you more than you know who! Cancer took away my most favorite person in the entire world and I will never ever ever be the same again. I hate cancer. I fucking hate cancer.
I am running the Shamrock Shuffle with Imerman Angels for my second year and running for those that can't run. I am not a runner. I ran the shamrock shuffle last year and it was the hardest thing I have ever done. I never in a million years thought I would ever be running another race again after training for 6 weeks last year and unfortunately not having the race day time and experience I trained so hard for. I am running for all of our loved ones that have heard the news "you have cancer..." I am running for our loved ones that have lost their battles to cancer... I am running for my family that has been diagnosed with cancer and thankfully are alive and healthy. I am running for my aunt Carol. I am running in memory of my beloved Nanny Helen that was taken away from me from cancer and left me completely and utterly heart broken. I know this year will be a better experience than last year as I will have my Nanny in mind the entire race and I will be running with her and for her. I miss her beyond words could ever describe and I know she will be with me that day as I run the streets of chicago listening to empowering songs and she will be with me when I cross that finish line. I am going to finish this race one way or another in hopes of raising so much money to help make more matches for Imerman Angels to make sure no one has to face cancer alone.
I became involved with Imerman Angels in Summer of 2016 because I think of all of the inspiring people I know who have battled cancer in their own bodies and all their loved ones who went through it with them. Too many of my loved ones have had cancer and to the ones i lost....I fell in love with the mission of Imerman Angels to make sure no one has to face cancer alone. I want to make sure everyone I know never has to face cancer alone and that they will always have the support of a caring person to go through the experience with them and to be someone they know they can count on. I wish more than anything I knew about Imerman Angels when my mom, dad, and aunt Carol were battling cancer. Thankfully I had all the support in the world when my nanny was diagnosed.
Imerman Angels is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization formed 12 years ago whose mission is to provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Imerman Angels is an incredible organization that helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world. Imerman Angels partners anyone seeking cancer support with someone just like you – a “Mentor Angel”. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or caregiver who is the same age, same gender, and most importantly who has faced the same type of cancer. The best part is it is 100% free for those that are interested in being matched with a Mentor Angel! At Imerman Angels, the goal is that no one ever has to face cancer on their own. Please help me help Imerman Angels raise money so we can make matches for fighters to get matched with survivors and for current caregivers to get matched with other caregivers so through the whole process there is someone you can lean on during your darkest days! Every match costs Imerman Angels $350 dollars to make a match!
It would mean the world to me if you can open your heart and open your wallet to help make it possible for us to help connect fighters with survivors to make sure no one has to face cancer alone! Let's connect the cancer fighters in your life to survivors and your surivivors to others that need the support.
Every dollar helps
Every Person you share Imerman Angels with makes a difference
Let's Help Make A Difference Together!
With much love and appreciation,
Carly Klau Wine