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Nov 1

Any Sport, Any Race, Anywhere!

$150,000 in funds raised as 90 members of Team IA cross the finish line benefitting Imerman Angels’ mission to enable 1-on-1 cancer support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers

Team Shot

Congratulations, Team Imerman Angels, for completing the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  We believe that every fundraising page created, jersey worn while training, and each individual informed of the Imerman Angels mission helps raise awareness to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.


Our marathon weekend began with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Health and Fitness Expo at McCormick Place Convention Center.  Guests were invited to browse more than 200 exhibitors of marathon apparel, footwear, and latest fitness technology.  On Saturday evening, Team Imerman Angels members and their families were invited to enjoy a protein-packed pasta dinner at Bongiorno’s courtesy of Imerman Angels.

Team Imerman Angels, headed by first time marathon runner and head of Team IA recruiting  Khitam Masoud, was comprised of 90 members from all over the United States and beyond.  Masoud, a two-time cancer survivor, first decided to run with Imerman Angels last year when she met Israel Antonio, a blind athlete who runs for various organizations.  His determination to overcome challenges inspired Khitam to train hard and cross the finish line in support of Imerman Angel’s cause.

Khit and Hector

Team Imerman Angels runners who participated in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon include: Matthew Abeles, Jessica Alger, Israel Antonio, Shilpa Anturkar, James Auste, Lisa Baranuska, Christina Bayer, Suzanne Blaising, Danielle Blount, Adam Callans, Michael Camerano, Prashant K Chawla, Isabel Chung, Brianne M Connolly, Pascale Dargis, Katie Donnewald, James R Escobar, Caitlin Fitzpatrick, Caroline Frost, Sean Gallagher, Heidi H. Gerhardt, Nicholas Gow, Christopher J. Hemzacek, Samantha J. Herink, Eric S Horng, Heather A. Hoskin, Brennan Hughes, Becky Ives, Daniel Jacobsen, Andrew D. Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Courtney Joseph, Mergim Kacija, Lysee Kaye, Christopher M. Klotz, Kimberly Koetter, Beth A. Kosar, Kristen Kostka, Daniel Krueger, Arlena Larocca, David S. Lautenbach, Helen M. Liggett, Ted A. Liggett, Matthew F. Logan, Sean Mansfield, Tyler Mansfield, Stacie Marshall, Khitam Masoud, Brandan Mccanna, Allison Mecher, Michael P Minogue, Paul T. Minogue, Mike Moreau, Kerry Morris, Aaron Mulvaney, Janelle Myers, Jonathon Nagle, Catherine Napier, Andy Nesheim, Michael Nickes, Gabrielle Niewinski, Grant A Niewinski, Hector Nunez, Devlin O’Connor, Erick N. Perez, Jessica Perez, Christopher Pilat, Jennifer Pilat, Eli Polites, Deanna Poneman, Todd M. Rubin, Lidsay Rufa, Mary Sanders, Richard Schad, Jay Schiesser, Tony Schirmang, Jennifer Shulkin, Brent Smyth, Anne Marie Stephen, Timothy Swindle, Kaleb Taylor, Coree K. Thomas, Cheryl A. Trace, Stacey L. Vallarta, Laura Walker, Kevin J. Ware, Stephanie Wedel, Bobby Weil, Sarah Werner, David M. Wolf, Kathleen G. Yagihashi, and Lynn M. Yakoweshen.

Factor 75, a healthy meal delivery service, was waiting at the finish line to feed all the hungry members of Team IA a protein packed meal.


Coming up, Team Imerman Angels will be participating in the Hot Chocolate 15/5K run in Grant Park on November 3 as well as the Shamrock Shuffle 8K in April 2014.

Oct 9
Category: Everything Cancer,Healthy Living!,Think Positive!

Written By: Imerman Angels @ 12:18 pm

Sep 4
Category: Everything Cancer,Healthy Living!,Think Positive!

Written By: Imerman Angels @ 2:19 pm

Two major components to healing during cancer treatment are rest and relaxation. A majority of this battle is a mental game, therefore it is crucial to submerse yourself into a complete state of peace, mentally and physically. With a little discipline, anything is possible. Some really brilliant techniques to consider include yoga, qi gong, meditation, massage, and/or aromatherapy. Think zen! Any of these modalities can be mixed and matched and done in the comfort of your own home. Take twenty minutes a day to sit quietly and reflect. Have the melodic sounds of soft, calming music float through your space and into your mind. Light a candle. Focus on your breathing as you inhale faith and dispel your fears. Feel yourself healing. Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. You are not your cancer. Smile. You are beautiful. You are healthy. You are whole. Remember, nourishing your mind and spirit are equally as important as mending the physical body. These are fantastic strategies to implement in the morning as you begin your day and/or a very soothing way to destress and silence the mind before you go to sleep at night. As with anything, begin slowly. Find your level of comfort. There is no wrong way here. Most of all, have fun. Happiness is an essential and integral part of the healing process. Be well, my friends :)

Aug 12
Category: Everything Cancer,Healthy Living!

Written By: Imerman Angels @ 3:18 pm

Chemotherapy has a wicked reputation for torturing the body as it seeks to destroy cancer cells. As many venture down the road to wellness, common experiences with this drug can include nausea and vomiting, as well as liver damage as the medicine is processed and filtered primarily through this single organ. However, it is through the magic of nature that some of these symptoms can perhaps be subsided, if not completely prevented. The attached link highlights three key herbal remedies; ginger, peppermint, and milk thistle, which act as key components in combating these reactions. Ginger is a brilliant anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea powerhouse which acts similarly to peppermint. This dynamic duo can be a safe and natural option for alleviating the severity of treatment when it comes to not getting sick. In addition, milk thistle, which has been around for more than 2,000 years, can cleanse, regenerate, and protect the liver as well as boost the weakened immune system. Of course, always consult your doctor before incorporating usage. Keep smiling and be well my friends!

Aug 5
Category: Everything Cancer,Healthy Living!,Imerman Angels

Written By: Imerman Angels @ 1:49 pm

I hope this message finds you well. My name is Brian Hastings and I have been appointed the new writer for Imerman Angels cancer blog. I greet you with the warmest of welcomes as I set out to  motivate, educate, and inspire through words and action. The path I am on now is paved with those exact intentions, although it has not always been that way. You see, for nearly the past two years, I sat in an office working a nine to five job as a graphic designer. The stress was high and the deadlines were tight, but at twenty-five, I thought that was necessary to succeed in the industry. I kept up with that pattern, as I had for most of my life; go-go-go, until December 2012 when my body said no more. I spent New Year’s Eve enduring a series of scans. My worst fears were soon confirmed. You have cancer…

I was diagnosed with stage 3 advanced testicular cancer and two months to live. In the next five days I was wheeled into my first-ever surgery. Blood tests revealed that my tumor markers had soared well beyond three hundred thousand; the highest my nurse said she had ever seen. Normal levels are below ten. These guys needed to work fast and I was beyond determined. What was expected to be an outpatient procedure took a bit of a twist. Sitting twenty pounds lighter, I spent the next seven days in the hospital receiving immediate chemotherapy. This process continued on for three months and was known for being one of the most nauseating regimens on the market. However, because of a strict, organic, vegetarian diet which consisted of loads of juicing, the best positive attitude, and the most incredible family and friends, my nurse said I was the first she had seen to never get sick from treatment. It’s all a mental game. Positivity is a majority of the battle. You’re body will heal if you believe it will and allow it to do so. The power of intention is amazing! Nonetheless, this was a major accomplishment for me as I have always had deep roots in holistic sensibilities. This was proof that there is true magic in nature and the results have opened up so many doors. As I sit in remission, I’ll be starting school in the fall to pursue my masters in holistic medicine and soon, one day obtain my Ph.D. Health and wellness is my passion and it is now my time to give back and help others heal as I continue to heal myself. I’m so grateful for these opportunities and will continue to follow my instincts down the road to happiness. Keep smiling, stay well, and remember “Life is 10% what happens to you & 90% how you react to it.”

All the best,


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