Family, friends & maybe even some very kind strangers who have stumbled upon my donation page.
My name is Julie Ozersky, although I hope most of you already know that 😁
I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to visit and read about the latest challenge I’ve set for myself. As I’ve shared with some of you, I have joined Team Imerman Angels (IA) to run the 2020 Chicago Marathon! While I know this is going to make for a very exciting 10 months of training and preparation, I also have to share how honored I am to be a part of Team IA.
In the world we live in, it’s no stretch to say that everyone we know has likely been affected by cancer in some way. It’s a word that universally strikes a ray of fearful and negative emotions by everyone involved: the fighters themselves, caretakers, family members and beloved friends. Imerman Angels is an organization aiming to provide 1-on-1 cancer support to all parties involved.
I sincerely admire that the supportive services IA offers go far beyond the individual diagnosed. These supportive services include a unique process that partners anyone of any age, any gender, anywhere and any cancer type seeking support with someone just like them – a “Mentor Angel”. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or caregiver who most importantly has faced the same type of cancer. The support system around us was as true as true can be, but I can also remember the feelings of isolation and despair that came with caring for a dying parent in my early twenties all too well.
I’m lucky enough to know friends who have supported Team IA through the Chicago Marathon in the past and beam with joy and excitement when they talk about the organization and their efforts. Even more so, I’m lucky enough to join in on this mission as I try to fundraise $1,750 so more fighters and caregivers can receive the same perpetual support from Team IA, that we received from family and friends.
I want to thank you all in advance for your consideration of this cause, and whether it’s a “Way to Go!” text during my long runs or following the donate button above, we will create our own army of support . Most importantly, please know that I appreciate it all, and you, just the same.