Family, friends and maybe even some very kind strangers who have stumbled upon my donation page—
I cannot 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 to run the 2020 Chicago Marathon and I'm honored and excited.
In the world we live in, almost everyone we know has likely been affected by cancer in some way. Cancer is a word that universally strikes a ray of fearful and negative emotions by everyone involved: the caretakers, family members and beloved friends. Imerman Angels is an organization aiming to provide 1-on-1 cancer support to all parties involved. This cause is especially close to my heart as cancer has attached so many of my loved ones. I watched cancer slowly deteriorate one of the strongest woman I knew, loved and admired, my grandmother. Years later my aunt lost her battle to pancreatic cancer. Last year my brother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma while my best friend was battling breast cancer.
I am sharing this story for a few equally important reasons:
To help you understand the mission. No one is ever prepared for the emotional rollercoaster that comes with cancer. My brother, family and I were truly fortunate to have a strong support system around us during his battle. The support and encouragement we received was constant from the moment we announced he had cancer. Every word of encouragement coming from the heart and yet no matter what anyone said it always seemed to be the wrong words. But something would happen when my brother and friend would speak. There was a true connection, a deep understanding that made me believe you can only comprehend if you are or have experienced the same situation.
To promote the mission of Imeran Angels that strives to ensure no individual faces cancer alone. As a friend and family member who has also provided care, I sincerely admire the supportive services Imeran Angels offers. 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. We could not have asked for a better support system, but I can also remember the feelings of isolation and despair as I walked on eggshells not knowing the right words to say or the right things to do.
I am so lucky and thankful for the people in my life and that I am able to say that both my brother and my best friend are in remission today. I feel lucky to join in on Imerman Angels mission as I try to fundraise $1,750 so more cancer patients, caregivers, and loved ones can receive the same perpetual support from Team Imerman Angels, that we received from family and friends.
I want to thank you all in advance for your consideration of this cause and your support. Please know that I appreciate it, and you, just the same.