Running has for years been my saving grace. It has kept me active, it has been my stress release, and a means of consistently challenging myself. I often remind myself on those longer, more challenging runs that I am pushing through because I CAN; because I have healthy lungs, healthy legs and there are so many people that CAN'T run. This past fall I developed a stress fracture in my tibia that benched me from running for 9 weeks. I have never been more grateful to run again. This small set back was humbling and gave me this desire to use my running for some means of benefit or assistance for others.
Que Chicago Marathon 2020! The marathon is a distance I have yet to accomplish, but have always been intrigued by. Certainly a goal as a runner! I started looking into various marathons and Chicago came up as an option with entry options under a charity bib. How perfect! I could participate in a huge event, knock an item off the bucket list, and raise money for a charity all at the same time!
I took a while to decide on a charity that I truly felt I could put myself behind. I came across Imerman Angels and knew this was the one! This organization helps to match cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers with individuals that can provide one-on-one supportive relationships. Over the last few years I watched two of my aunts be diagnosed with cancer and fight the best way that they could. Both of them lost their battles with cancer within a years’ time of their diagnoses. After witnessing the pain, impossible conversations, grief, struggles of those they loved, the navigating of the medical world by those not versed in medicine, I can’t help but wonder how things could possibly have been easier if a one-on-one relationship like the ones Imerman Angels seek to establish, had been present. Would it have helped my aunts understand what was happening, why it was happening, what treatment options meant and what it truly would be like going through them? Would it have helped their families navigate the world of caring for them? Helped them through their grief after? These matches provide an opportunity for these therapeutic relationships to be established and I believe whole-heartedly that whether it is a cancer fighter, survivor, or caregiver, such relationships are integral for anyone facing these challenges. This is why I have chosen Imerman Angels as the charity I will be running with for the Chicago Marathon 2020 and I hope that you will consider supporting this charity also with your donation
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. In 2019, Team Imerman Angels participants raised over $410,000 and created over 1100 connections between those impacted by cancer and a Mentor Angel.
To learn more about the important work your efforts will support, click HERE.
Running has for years been my saving grace. It has kept me active, it has been my stress release, and a means of consistently challenging myself. I often