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After conquering my first marathon last fall in Chicago, I have chosen to run the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Imerman Angels!
This cause is something I'm passionate about, as it's often a part that's missed when cancer enters someones life.
We all know someone that has experienced cancer, some that are close to us - family, friends, our friends' family, and it's an ugly battle no one should ever have to face alone.
While many foundations raise funds for cancer research, which is important in the fight against cancer, Imerman Angels offers a different kind of help in the fight, and that's one on one support.
So many times in my mom's battle and what I've heard from other's impacted by cancer is that no one is there to tell them what the fight is going to be like, how the medicines will affect them; what to expect, and who they can talk to that has experienced something similar.
Doctors help educate their patients on the treatment process, but no one understands cancer like one who has gone through it, and that's where Imerman Angels comes in!
They offer a support network for cancer patients, caretakers, and family members. Imerman Angels matches them with someone of the same gender and age group, with the same type of cancer.
A survivor, like an angel, is walking, talking, living proof to inspire the fighter that they can overcome their cancer. The Angel can relate on an emotional level that a doctor may not be able to, empathizing what the patient is going through and providing tips on how to deal with family dynamics, medications, or just the day-to-day, knowing you have this new, scary battle.
Below is a link to the Imerman Angels foundation, started by Johnny Imerman, a cancer survivor that turned a negative situation into something truly positive. https://imermanangels.org
In running the Chicago Marathon, I hope to help contribute to this amazing cause, so that no one ever has to fight cancer alone. It's an emotional, stressful and confusing
journey for the patient and their family.
Training and running the marathon will be nothing compared to the battle that cancer patients fight, and that will be my reminder everytime I think I just can't run anymore.
Remembering all those that are close to me, especially my mom, that are pushing or have pushed through and are fighting each day like a marathon will help inspire me not to give up, and remind me why it's worth pushing through every mile.
She has shown me how to handle the toughest situations with a smile, laugh, incredible strength, and most importantly, compassion for others.
As I train for my second Chicago Marathon, I hope that I can make a difference, supporting the Imerman Angels foundation. Last year alone, Imerman Angels created over 900 connections between those impacted by cancer and a Mentor Angel ($300,000 raised by Team Imerman Angels participants).
Thank you to everyone that takes the time to read about my story, the foundation and supported me, as "angels" in my life, so far!
I hope I will see all your smiling, supportive faces (and funny signs) somewhere along the 26.2 miles on Sunday October 13th.
To learn more about the important work your donations help support, click HERE.