The season of fall- it’s when the leaves change colors, the weather gets colder, Halloween flew on by and snow is just a few weeks away. This season also has another very important purpose that many people don’t remember. It’s a season of cancer awareness. October is a month to raise awareness for a cancer that affects an estimated 230,480 new women every year- breast cancer. November is another big month dedicated to cancer awareness- for Lung, Prostate and Stomach cancer! Whether you grow a moustache or wear purple, any little bit helps to raise awareness.
Some people may ask why cancer awareness is so important. Most people already know generalities about cancer and think that it is enough. Some may think getting cancer will never happen to them or they will not be affected by it in some way. Others may not think a month dedicated to cancer awareness is needed. But awareness is needed for countless reasons. That month to raise awareness helps teach methods of early detection and increases fundraising to continue searching for a cure.
Many people believe cancer will not affect them or their lives, but awareness movements, like October and breast cancer, help people learn the early signs. Knowing about the early signs can save a person’s life. Awareness helps ensure the cancer gets caught early and treatment can be started immediately. Without awareness movements many cancers may not be caught until it’s too late. Awareness helps people come together in support of each other and those touched by cancer. Awareness is essential to continue fighting against cancer.
“Just working and pushing myself towards this goal had changed me in ways I couldn’t believe; I never got the chance to thank [Cindy] for that. This whole experience has changed my outlook on life and taught me to really appreciate it. I now strive to use all my time here to further or better the lives of others. I am also more sympathetic to people around me and have learned to open my eyes: everyone around me has some kind of story and some kind of struggle. Now that I see this I can better relate and open up to them. It’s really hard to describe how much Cindy taught me, though I hadn’t ever met her before.”
Helen Slivinski, a Sophomore at South Lakes High School, began her International Baccalaureate (IB) program service project knowing that she wanted it to benefit a good cause, and that she would incorporate her passion for performing arts. Helen’s projects to raise money and awareness include long term t-shirt and pin sales and culminate in a performing arts benefit show on March 20th. The campaign is branded “Think Love,” a theme and design created by Helen for the project.
Helen’s dance teacher, also her sponsor for the project, told her about a friend of a friend, Cindy Martin, who was struggling to pay for her cancer treatment. Cindy worked as a hairdresser in Helen’s community, and was known to be a friend to everyone she met. Cindy had no health insurance, so when she was diagnosed with brain cancer in August of 2010, she had no idea how she would pay for treatment. By the time Helen found Cindy, she was battling the remaining 10% of her malignant tumor, as well as a wave of overwhelming medical bills. With her sponsor’s guidance, Helen decided that the proceeds from the fundraiser would be used to offset Cindy’s treatment costs.
“Everyone at the fundraiser had some strange connection to the both of us and affected our lives indirectly. It was so strange: I don’t think I could describe it in words except to just call it fate. “
As preparations were being made for the benefit show, they received horrible news. On February 23rd, Ms. Martin passed away. She caught pneumonia, and her immune system was too weak to handle the disease and the treatment.
“It was devastating to find out that all my work was unnecessary. I was too late to help her. I didn’t even have a chance to meet her.”
According to the family’s wishes, the total raised after the benefit show will be split evenly between Imerman Angels and the National Brain Tumor Society. Helen’s hope for the show is to raise awareness and create a sense of closure for Cindy’s friends and family. Imerman Angels is lucky to have supporters like Helen. The thoughtfulness and effort invested in this project is truly inspiring. The “Think Love” benefit show, upcoming on March 20th, will include performances by students and local professionals. If you live in or around Washington DC, we strongly encourage you to attend! The show will take place at South Lakes High School (11400 South Lakes Dr, Reston, VA 20191).
As of February 21, 2011, Imerman Angels is honored to announce an official partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation (LIVESTRONG) as an exclusive third-party provider of one-on-one peer cancer support . The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG Foundation) empowers the cancer community to address the unmet needs of cancer survivors through collaboration. Imerman Angels is honored, also, to partner with LIVESTRONG in their quest to address the common and unique problems cancer survivors are facing around the world through 1-on-1 peer cancer support.
To date, Imerman Angels has connected cancer survivors, fighters and caregivers in 13 countries and 6 continents. Through this partnership, Imerman Angels hopes to welcome many more support seekers who want access to 1-on-1 support throughout the United States and the rest of the world
Please join us in welcoming LIVESTRONG into the Imerman Angels family!
Are you all ready for an EPIC event? On February 2, 2011 Jonny Imerman created a world record for “Most Hugs Against Cancer” to raise awareness for the young cancer population with 11 hugs.
For those of you who are not aware of Break Cancer, it’s a campaign that brings the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance together with Universal Record Data Base (URDB). It’s a great organization that raises cancer awareness through world records.
Little did we know, our friends at LIVESTRONG decided to start a friendly competition and broke our record with 30 hugs. Here at Imerman Angels, we LOVE to fight back for a good cause! In order to do so, we decided to do something BIGGER! How big you ask? Well, think a bear costume, 40+ supporters, and a great staff team wearing their Imerman Angels shirts on Michigan Ave, the Chicago hot spot.
On Wednesday, February 23rd from 12pm-1:30pm we will be giving hugs in Pioneer Court on Michigan Ave to those who want to help raise awareness for cancer support and break a record against cancer! You get bonus points for creative hugging style and costuming!
Check out the official site for more information and the original videos that sparked the challenge:
Visit our FB invite for more details:
We hope to see you all there!!
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