This year, as I prepare to finally run the Chicago Marathon, I am proud to be able to support Imerman Angels, an organization that does so much to support those battling cancer
For those that don’t know my family, since before I was born there has not been an extended time where some member of my family has not been going though treatment. To name a few my grandmother Grace and grandfather Richard sadly passed before I was able to get to know them, my uncle Brian passed when I was young, and my aunt Alison had cancer intermittently throughout the two plus decades that I had with her. Most recently my mother was diagnosed a year ago and thankfully is doing well. Cancer has also affected my generation, with numerous family members receiving preventative treatments, screenings, and operations. The battle with cancer has been an ever-present struggle for my family, with the proverbial sword of Damocles hanging over us at all times.
This has been to put it mildly, sub optimal
But what it also means it that with every diagnosis came a wave of support, understanding, and knowledge that can only come from those who have fought those same battles either themselves or as an active supporter of their loved ones. This paired with just the right amount of fatalistic wit and dry humor has meant that my family has always been emotionally supported and been able to move forward with a positive frame of mind. In that way we are incredibly fortunate.
Imerman Angels is here to make sure that no-one should have to battle alone. They partner anyone, 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. Imerman Angels is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world.
These one-on-one relationships give a cancer fighter or caregiver the chance to ask personal questions and get support from someone who has been there before. Mentor Angels can lend support and empathy and help cancer fighters and caregivers navigate the system, determine their options and create their own support systems. Frequently, caregivers experience feelings similar to those of the person facing cancer. Mentor Angels can relate while being sensitive to the experience and situation.
In 2019, Team Imerman Angels participants raised over $410,000 and created over 1100 connections between those impacted by cancer and a Mentor Angel. These connections can make the world of difference in the lives of those battling as well as those supporting them.
Appreciate you all,