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Feb 1
Category: Uncategorized

Written By: Imerman Angels @ 9:35 am

Imerman Angels is excited to announce our Professional’s Board for 2013!  Our amazing team of 21 volunteers will be a tremendous resource in supporting our mission, raising awareness, fundraising, planning/executing events, and recruiting/supporting Team Imerman Active.  Most importantly, they have a keen eye on having fun in all of their endeavors.  Their commitment, drive, and talents will play a crucial role in Imerman Angels’ ability to support Cancer Survivors and fighters.  We are very thankful to have such an awesome group to work with!

Quick list and thank you to our members:

Jemma Lotzer, Lizzy Sternberg, Brennan Hughes, Megan Hughes, Anita Kalhan, Kevin Kurasch, Spencer Larkin, Michael Leyva, Allison Mecher, Grant Niewinski, Jim Rafferty, Kate Shanahan, Julie Teitelbaum, Victoria Unger, Kevin Ware, Matthew Abeles, Ashley Beirne, Matthew Kornblatt, Brianna Martinez, Khatam Masoud, Janelle Myers, Sara Oliphant, Anjali Pandit

Jan 30

Whether you are going for distance or speed this running season, there is one way to add just a little more meaning towards your passion: running for a great cause.

What is Team IA? An athletic team that supports Imerman Angels. Every fundraising page created, jersey worn while training, and individual you tell about Imerman Angels helps raise awareness through your network and in the community.

Choose ANY RACE, ANY WHERE to represent Imerman Angels.

We have runners representing Imerman Angels at races across the country and beyond. In Chicago, you’ll be in the company of numerous Imerman Angels runners at these races: Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, Soldier Field 10 Miler, 13.1 Chicago, Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, South Shore Triathlon, Chicago Triathlon, September Half Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and Hot Chocolate 15k/5k.

Check back into our blog over the next few weeks.  We will be sharing inspirational stories and experiences from our team as we lead up to the 2013 Chicago Marathon Registration.  Or  take the plunge and join our team at www.firstgiving.com/imermanangels/2013 and put some wings into your race!

Jan 29

Although it is the end of January, we wanted to pay homage to Cervical Cancer Awareness Month by sharing one of our favorite Cervical Cancer awareness and survivor stories:

Meg's tatMeaghan’s surgery scars don’t stand a chance against her tattoo!

She has told her story to millions of people all over the country, but it was almost as if she was sharing it for the first time when I spoke with Meaghan Edelstein, the youngest survivor of terminal cervical cancer.

It was 2007 and Meaghan was a 28 year old law student, like anyone else.  She noticed some unusual bleeding that led her to several doctors who tested her, scanned her, and advised her that nothing was unusal.  As the bleeding and discomfort increased, she knew that something was wrong but no one would listen to her concerns.  She was perscribed anti-anxiety, sleeping pills and, finally, szitchoprenia medication to alleviate what others were claiming as feelings resulting from “over stress due to law school”.  A desperate night where she nearly cut open her stomach sent Meaghan to the Emergency Room demanding answers.  Something was inside of her and she wanted it out.  She knew she was dying.

What the tiny cameras did not see, while looking for cysts and tiny tumors during doctor visits, was a giant tumor that was pushing up against her organs.  She was diagnosed with 3B terminal cervical cancer and started on her journey though chemo and radiation.  Told that she did not have a chance to live, she ignored the recommendation to give up and pushed herself through treatment, greatful to finally be heard: if nothing, she had a diagnosis.

Read the rest of Meaghan’s story here on the Imerman Angels Blog

Apr 30
Category: Uncategorized

Written By: Imerman Angels @ 9:26 am

Name: Bob
Angel Type: Survivor
Cancer: Prostate
Date Type: Radiation seed implant

Date: 1/15/2007

Why is this date special to you?
This was the day I began to be a cancer survivor rather than a cancer victim. I had been diagnosed the day before Thanksgiving (11/22/06-another significant date). That made for a tough holiday season. But with the procedure and great doctors, January 15 was a new start to a whole new life. With the prospect of surviving, every day became a new opportunity and a new thanksgiving. From that day my life is richer and I take nothing for granted.
Is there something special that you do each year to honor or celebrate this date?
I say a prayer to myself and express my gratitude for each day. I think how when you hear your own name and “cancer” used in the same sentence; it stops you in your tracks no matter who you are. The day reminds me that life is precious. Your family and friends are precious. Life is for living, not for sleepwalking and is not a caffeinated, multi-tasking frenzy. People are important, not things. Slow down.
Why did you choose to share this date with Imerman Angels?
I learned about Imerman Angels after I was already on the road to recovery. It would have been great to have had access to it from the time I was diagnosed. I had great doctors and family support, but I never spoke to someone who had been through the same experience. This organization provides a much-needed service to families touched by cancer. No one should go through this alone and I want Imerman Angels to grow so that no one has to.
What is a lesson your experience or your loved ones experience with cancer has taught you?
I think of the expression that “man plans and God laughs”. As much as we think we control our lives, it simply isn’t completely true. Although we make choices, much is out of our control. Cancer makes us humble and makes us realize the gift of life is to be treasured each day. The whole world is in the same boat. Let’s be kind to our shipmates.

This blog post is a part of the Imerman Angels “What’s Your Date?” Campaign, honoring & celebrating cancer stories.

#WhatsYourDate

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Apr 24
Category: Uncategorized

Written By: Imerman Angels @ 3:03 pm

Name: Hector
Angel Type: Survivor
Cancer: Head & Neck
Date Type: Last Day of Treatments

Date: 5/18/2012

Why is this date special to you?
It was the beginning of a new life for me.  I felt like a champion after going through chemo and radiation treatments.  I felt more thankful as I never felt before. It was a very special day for us.

Is there something special that you do each year to honor or celebrate this date?
This year is going to be my first year as a survivor. I am planning to celebrate by calling all of my love ones that supported me through my fight and thank them for all the love I felt through me from them.

Why did you choose to share this date with Imerman Angels?
Because when I needed the most support, IA was there for me.  My Angel showed me that there WILL be a tomorrow.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about you or your loved ones journey with cancer?
I read once that anyone can slay a dragon, but trying to wake up every morning and loving the world all over again… that’s what takes a real hero.  This is what I think about every cancer survivor.

This blog post is a part of the Imerman Angels “What’s Your Date?” Campaign, honoring & celebrating cancer stories.

#WhatsYourDate

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