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Feb 25

Hugs Against Cancer

On Wednesday, February 23rd Imerman Angels set a new record of 446 Hugs Against Cancer in response to a friendly competition with LIVESTRONG.

Our awesome crew dressed up in Imerman gear with our teddy bear hugger (also in IA gear) and hit the streets on Michigan Ave from 12pm-1:30pm. Everyone was energetic and excited for our street team event.

From the moment we arrived the hugs were constant, with some creative hugging in between. Most people who hugged our bear said, “You just made my day!” or “Thank you…I needed that!” We love hearing things like this here at Imerman Angels! Moreover, after getting a hug we had someone who came back with some Starbucks hot chocolate for the entire crew. He said he wanted to thank us for doing something so simple yet something that could make a difference in the cancer world through awareness.

While we participated in this event to break a record, we wanted to make a difference. Granted standing on Michigan Ave giving out hugs to strangers isn’t much but in return we created an awareness about our organization and met some cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers along the way!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out.

Watch the video below:

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Nov 8

Dave Hardin, IA volunteer, supporting MOVEMBER with his stache (nice, man!) with Dr. Oz!

Nov 6

Young Adult Cancer fighters and survivors may enjoy a new journal affiliated with our friends at the CHOC Children’s Hospital. The journal is targeted to young adults with cancer and it’s awesome

Check it out!

About the Journal
Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (JAYAO) will have a very broad mandate. Dedicated to the promotion of interdisciplinary research, education, communication, and collaboration between health professionals in AYA oncology (aged 15-39 at diagnosis), JAYAO
will provide a forum for AYA cancer research and practice advances to all professional participants and researchers in AYA cancer care. Our multidisciplinary editorial board and readership will include but will not be limited to: pediatric, medical, and surgical oncologists of all types and specialties; oncology nurses and advanced practice staff; psychosocial and supportive care providers including psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers; translational cancer researchers; and academic and community-based pediatric and adult cancer institutions.

JAYAO’s content includes:
* Original peer-reviewed articles
* Provocative roundtable discussions
* Review articles, Editorials, and Perspectives
* Advocacy group spotlights
* Highlights of clinical trials relevant to AYAs
* Case studies with AYA-impact enhancement
* Pharmacology highlights
* News bites

Nov 2

The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st  clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month.  The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.  Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia.  The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health.  Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement.

In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men – prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – representing the single largest donation they had ever received.

The Movember moustache has continued to grow year after year, expanding to the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland.

In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movember’s global beneficiary partners.

Oct 29

Stay Classy has named Michelle (see below) as a finalist in the individual fundraising category in Chicago and….she MADE IT to the national round and it’s ALL DOWN TO VOTES.  Right now, she’s in third place to win $10K to help offset Lauren’s medical bills and we’d LOVE your support in getting the word out.  http://ow.ly/316lZ She is in the “Best Individual Fundraiser” category, “Running 26 Miles To Help LC Beat Cancer.”  If you would be so kind to vote and post for others – it literally takes five seconds to vote and would mean the world to us!

I’m running the Chicago Marathon in honor of Lauren Cohen’s road to recovery!

-Michelle Martin

In December, my work colleague and friend, Lauren, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. To support her, I am training to run this year’s Chicago Marathon in her name. More importantly, in order to help Lauren be able to focus on kicking cancer and getting better, I am raising funds to help support her medical bills for her treatment and recovery.

Lauren is someone I am so happy to have the chance to work and be friends with at Weber Shandwick. As our own little Tinkerbell, she is a force to be reckoned with because of her amazing attitude and strength, I am wishing her all the best in her recovery!

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