Adam Levy, Rynell Cook (IA), Eric Bolf, Barrett Lewis (pictured here) had a blast at the Bolf-a-Palooza event last Saturday.
“This years bolfapalooza surpassed all of my expectations! With the dedication of our steering committee, the help of the extremely talent Adam Levy, and the support of an organization such as Imerman Angels, we helped create awarenes for a cause that is very near to my heart… and all of our guests were able to have an amazing evening partying with a purpose. Thanks again for your time and devotion.”- Eric, co-founder and producer of event.
- Blakely Lauria (Steering Committee), JI, Arlyce Seibert (Dir. of Cranbrook Schools), Jamie Reif (Local IA Volunteer), Sarah Jacobs (Co-Chair), Anne Tremain (Steering Committee), Cec Strine
Cranbrook Schools of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan held their first annual cancer solidarity walk on Sunday, September 27th. Jonny shared that, following the event, many people approached him for more information on Imerman Angels’ 1-on-1 match up service for friends and family fighting cancer. This is what we are all about!
Cec Strine, event Co-Chair, called the event a success. Both she and Jonny spoke and shared their messages of hope (pictured below). Even her grandson, Austin (below), turned out for the event and displayed IA pride!
One of IA's youngest supporters.
Cec (above) is a cancer survivor and Imerman survivor angel!
Following the event, Cranbrook allowed Jonny the opportunity to speak to health classes and the football team to educate them about young adults with cancer.
Cec Strine, teacher at Cranbrook Schools Brookside of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, can speak to the impact of community support on an individual. As a salivary cancer survivor, she shared with me the importance of the Cranbrook family, as she took the disease head on:
“The extended Cranbrook family supported us so much. People that you didn’t even know about… who quietly had cancer.”
Joining together with Sarah Jacobs, an alum, parent and breast cancer survivor, the two created an idea: a victory lap against cancer around Kingswood Lake.
Tomorrow, September 27th, will be the first annual “Cranbrook Envisions a Cure Walk” sponsored by the school’s Cross Country Team. Like many things, this event has been a community effort. From the event logo (designed by a 6th grader within the school system) to the preparation for the big day, this has been yet another project where Cranbrook students, faculty, parents, grandparents, alumni and friends were able to join forces.
Cec is close to the Imerman Community for several reasons. Not only was she a teacher of Jonny, who attended Cranbrook as a student, but she also participated in a 1-on-1 pair-up relationship through IA. Tomorrow, she will be walking in memory of her mother to: pay tribute to those battling cancer, support research for a cure, and celebrate life. JI is excited to be amongst those attending, as well as a featured speaker.
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.”- Maya Angelou.
Cec shared that this (above) has touched her through her cancer journey. Though cancer is an ugly disease, she had found that it was also a blessing in disguise and an opportunity for her to give back to those who had shown her love and support. The cancer walk is the perfect opportunity to come out for Cranbrook, Cec, and those fighting cancer all around the country. Stop in and cheer on the walkers!
Optional donations will be made to Imerman Angels.
IA Board Member, Dr. Greg Roslund, is getting married today in Los Angeles, California! Dr. Roslund is a Emergency Department Physician at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and the Outreach Director for IA.
Dr. Roslund was the recipient of the AMA Young Physician Leadership Award in 2008 and has been an advocate and appreciated contributor to IA. Congrats!
Michael Wall, marathon runner and member of our IA Active Team, will be hosting a fundraiser at Bull & Bear in Chicago tonight to raise money for Imerman Angels!
The cost to attend is a $20 optional donation, which will include a cocktail reception and gift bag.
Good luck on the marathon, Michael!