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As some of you might recall, in 2019 I was lucky enough to complete a few big races and ride a bicycle across the US for a cancer non-profit. Now, I am excited to share that I will be taking 2020 just as seriously, but this year I am focusing on running and I am just as intent on channeling my energy towards the cancer community. This year, my focus is on the Chicago Marathon and The Imerman Angels.
I came to charity through endurance sports. As you might have gathered, I am a nutjob. For whatever reason, I prefer audacious goals and my idea of “fun” is subjecting myself to idiotic cardiovascular system abuse. In 2019, I was proud to complete my first Ironman triathlon. It was a profound personal experience and I knew I wanted to keep pushing myself with big races, but it felt a little hollow to put in so much effort for a medal on my wall. I felt convicted that if I were to continue to indulge in such extreme ways, my efforts should be directed towards something larger than myself. Then I found the Ulman Foundation’s 4K for Cancer program, which allowed me to raise roughly $5,000 for the cancer community while riding a bicycle across the continent. It was a journey that left me ineffably changed and happy. I was humbled to see how trashing my thigh muscles every day for two and a half months translated to tangible good for young adults with cancer.
Now, I would like to continue pushing forward for positive change and race for the Imerman Angels, a non-profit organization I encountered while on my bike ride. They have a unique approach for helping the cancer community. Their mission is to provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. They go to great lengths to make sure anyone being impacted by cancer can be connected to someone who has gone through strikingly similar narratives. I once heard a story in one of their presentations about a pair of women they had matched. Not only did the patient and survivor have the same type of cancer in common, they were also the same age and from the same part of the country, redheads, divorcées, and mothers of similar aged children. Imerman Angels made sure to connect them on as many variables as possible to ensure the most empathetic mentorship support as possible. They engage with patients, caregivers, and survivors to offer mentors that alleviate the feeling of isolation that comes with cancer.
Through the 2019 Chicago Marathon, Team Imerman Angels participants raised over $410,000 and created over 1100 connections between those impacted by cancer and a Mentor Angel. I am proud to serve them this year, and look forward to another year of training. I will not have an impressive time or beat any records, but I will be proud to have a purpose worth running 10 marathons.
I invite you to be a part of this journey by supporting my campaign for the Imerman Angels. In the new decade, I hope to do my part in helping to create a slightly better world, one run at a time. My goal is to raise $1,500 by October 2020. If you are able to pass forward any amount to this incredible organization, I thank you. If you are not, I ask that you share my story and share the mission of this non-profit with you circles. I have faith that those who need to see it will, whether those be supporters or those that need the aid and comfort Imerman offers.
Why Imerman Angels?
Imerman Angels is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Participating in the Chicago Marathon with Team Imerman Angels is your opportunity to be the difference for anyone seeking cancer support. In 2019, Team Imerman Angels participants raised over $330,000 and created over 900 connections between those impacted by cancer and a Mentor Angel. To learn more about the important work your efforts will support, click HERE.
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