This year I am going to stretch my limits and walk/run the 2020 Chicago Marathon as a proud member of Team Imerman Angels. Why would I sign up for the race I said I would never, ever do? To raise critical funds to help cancer fighters and caregivers find some relief on their darkest days.
HELP ME REACH MY $5000 GOAL TO MATCH 14 CANCER SURVIVOR MENTOR ANGELS TO CANCER FIGHTERS.
My Dad, Frank lost his battle to cancer in 2013. He didn’t have a mentor angel to turn to. Dad would have turned 65 in 2020 and I will be running/walking/hobbling every mile in his honor with the mission to instill hope for the many cancer fighters in my life (too many!).
I recently started my 2nd year as a volunteer board member of Imerman Angels- a charity that provides free one-on-one support to cancer fighters, survivors and their caregivers through mentorship. Why? To ensure no one has to face cancer alone.
It is vital to expand the IA network, so people are supported in what is a very dark time. The truth is, being a part of this effort is so important to me because (like many of you) I know the helpless feeling of not knowing what to do or who to turn to when someone you love is battling cancer.
The IA mentorship program facilitates a way for a caregiver or cancer fighter to be paired up with someone that has fought the battle and won. Whether you are a caregiver, cancer fighter, or both, you will get matched up with someone that will answer the tough questions and be your rock. For me, getting to know people that have been in the same situation has been extremely comforting.