Imerman Angels is a cancer support nonprofit organization that creates personalized connections between cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. We at Imerman Angels are only able to achieve our mission because we have so many dedicated individuals who support us by donating, volunteering, spreading awareness and much more!
For one day each year, people from all over the world come together in support of charities and causes they are passionate about. That day this year is May 4, so in honor of World Give Day we challenge you to take these simple steps to help an organization or a cause you care about.
- Write or blog about a charity you love to inform your friends and followers about it too.
- Follow nonprofit organizations on your social media pages.
- Volunteer for a fun charitable event with friends and family.
- Organize an online or third party event in benefit of a local nonprofit organization.
- Check an online nonprofit calendar and attend one of their benefit events with your friends.
- Participate in a run or walk to support a cause.
- Donate to a local charity with a mission you support.
These are just a few of the many ways you can support a nonprofit organization in your community. Each donation, no matter how small, contributes greatly to the success of an organization. For more ideas on how you can support an organization visit www.imermanangels.org/support-us.php.
This article is part of a series organized by GiveForward. To learn more, visit their website at www.giveforward.com.
Bat for the Cure is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was created to raise awareness about prostate cancer and to educate the public about prevention, detection and treatment. With early detection prostate cancer is 97% curable, but there is not enough awareness to encourage effective prevention. Fans for the Cure was created by Ed Randall, after he went into remission from prostate cancer at the age of 47, and later expanded into the baseball affiliate Bat for the Cure.
Ed is a radio and TV broadcaster for minor league baseball, as well as a cancer survivor. He has taken his cause to the minor league ballparks, with 2011 being his fifth consecutive season of prostate cancer advocacy nationwide. Since the beginning of Bat for the Cure, Ed’s team has been welcomed into more than 500 minor league ballparks.
In 2009 Bat for the Cure joined Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the ALS Foundation and Special Olympics as an Official Charitable Partner of Minor League Baseball. This campaign is the most expansive health care initiative in the history of the minor league.
Minor League Ballparks nationwide have awareness days where they rely on local volunteers to supervise information tables and pass out fliers to fans. The program is especially interested in finding prostate cancer survivors to volunteer in order to provide the best insight into the organization’s message.
Come out and support Bat for the Cure to help give a new meaning to the term “save” in baseball! For more information about the organization and to volunteer visit www.fansforthecure.org.
Teri Ramirez and Jennifer Hawn prepare to distribute Imerman Angels branded Lemonheads at the Blackhawks championship parade!
It’s confirmed! I will be joining cancer fighters and survivors for a week of white water kayaking in Vail, Colorado this summer through First Descents (a non-profit started by Nike kayaker, Brad Ludden). Though the program is exclusively for cancer fighters and survivors, FD works closely with IA and has offered me the chance to volunteer, capturing the week via video and snapshots for participants and IA friends.
The kayaking programs are booked for 2010, but it appears that there is climbing availability in Estes Park. You cover transportation to Colorado and FD takes care of the rest, including professional training, lodging and equipment. Free climbing lessons and the chance to meet other cancer fighters and survivors sounds like the ideal summer trip to me! Check it out! Can’t make it this year? Registration usually begins in January.
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Last night I had the pleasure of spending a little time with our IA crew after the Annual Spring Fling. Jonny (Imerman) and I got on the topic of 1-on-1 mentor relationships (of course!) and our conversation brought me back to why I joined IA in the first place.
Cancer, illness of any kind, happens to all kinds of people all over the country. Many have come to IA and have shared their story with us, showing me the ways that families, friends and communities can come together for a person in a big way when they least expect it. I have posted a few in our “Survivor Stories”.
On the same note, there are people fighting cancer who may be, or feel, completely alone.
IA empowers fighters, raises cancer awareness, makes it okay to “talk about it”- but most of all, IA gives ANYONE the opportunity to have at least one person in the world who cares about the fact that they are sick, wants to hear about their fears and is genuinely ecstatic to hear about their specific victory. The more I think about it in practice, the more I realize the potential impact that could have to one person.
A close friend of mine, one of the most supportive people I know, was recently paired up in a 1-on-1 relationship and shared with me how concerned she was about her Fighter Angel- someone she had just met. It reminded me of how many good people are out there, potential great friends, who are ready to be there for a stranger if given the chance.
The goal of IA is to ensure that no one fights cancer alone and that someday, within 24 hours of diagnosis, anyone diagnosed with cancer can be connected in a 1-on-1 support relationship. Jonny reminded me that there are millions of survivors, but only about a million fighters diagnosed each year. That means that there are more than enough people in the world who have beaten cancer and are ready and able to support someone else through their journey.
I was joking to Jonny that my friends and coworkers have heard me talk on and on about our mission, and we were joking about his standard uniform of an IA tshirt. We realized that the reason we do these things is because we know that every person we meet, or sees something about Imerman Angels, can bring us to one more person who may reach out and be connected as a mentor or fighter.
Maybe we can’t cure cancer, but I think someday we can cure fighting cancer alone.