Imerman Angels hosts an Ice Cream Social every month at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, special thanks to Berry Chill for donating yogurt every month!! The nurses and patients love seeing us! It’s also a great opportunity to be exposed to so many people who can benefit from our 1-on-1 cancer support, people who may have never heard about IA or what we do. I love to spend time talking with cancer fighters and their families, so I try to volunteer at any event which allows me to interact with these amazing people! Here’s an email I sent to the IA Crew/Committee Heads after last month’s ice cream social. It really makes you realize what a wonderful organization Imerman Angels is and what an awesome job the crew in the office is doing on a daily basis! Kudos!!!
Hey IA Crew!!!!!
Just HAD to tell you about our day today at the Ice Cream Social!!! Phil Chang, Jonny and I were there and we met a few cancer fighters, their families and the wonderful staff. The staff was AMAZING, as usual! They love to see us AND are so knowledgeable about IA…..LOVE it!!! The one lady the really made a huge impression on us was very lost, not knowing what to do. Her husband was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and she has NO idea what to do…is STILL trying to digest the news. I’ve been through that, not understanding what exactly is going on, not really believing it, not knowing who to turn to or what to do and most of all, not knowing how you are going to live without this person in your life. We’ve all been through these emotions, WE know what she is going through. This is why we do what we do and this is why Imerman Angels is SO important to everyone who is affected by cancer, caregivers included. I have NO doubt this woman will contact us, Jonny and I both gave her our cards with our cell phone numbers, because we ARE there for her, we DO geniunely care….that’s what Imerman Angels is all about. We’re there to lift her up, there to show her love and support and to let her know she is NOT alone, even though she feels that way right now. Her and her husband have been together since they were 19 years old, he’s the only love she’s ever known. It has always been just the two of them, no children. I know, in my heart, we were there for a reason….it was NOT a mistake Imerman Angels was there today. To hug this woman and feel how grateful she is that we care, that a wonderful organization like Imerman Angels even exists was overwhelming……I cannot express how proud I am to be a part of this amazing organization!!! THIS is why we do what we do on a daily basis!!!!
Outreach Committee Chair
Each time we have an Ice Cream Social with Berry Chill at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, we get a bigger and bigger crowd. There’s usually a group of nurses waiting for us when we arrive, so it’s really becoming something that everyone looks forward to on the last Tuesday of each month. We’d like to think people are excited about 1-on-1 cancer support, but we’re sure that it also has to do with the fact that everyone loves Berry Chill’s frozen yogurt. If you haven’t tried it yet, the peer pressure is officially on! I’ll even come with you.
During this month’s social, we spoke to 85 people about Imerman Angels. While people are topping their frozen yogurts with sprinkles or syrups, cookies or candies, nuts or nougat, we tell them more about who we help and how we do it. The people we speak to at Northwestern Hospital are such a key audience for Imerman Angels because everyone who is there sees cancer in more ways than most of us do. They understand the importance of one-on-one cancer support. And they help us spread the word. Even though we’ve become regulars, each time we meet someone new. That’s a big reason we look forward to spending our afternoon at the hospital.
A double dose of appreciation to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for allowing us to be there. Also, big love for Berry Chill, who brings the frozen yogurt. The next time you see their mascot, Yogi Jones, give him a hug. Say Thank You.
Contributed by Phil Chang.
Imerman Angels invites patients, families and hospital staff of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University for a monthly ice cream social on Tuesday, September 29th featuring Berry Chill frozen yogurt.
Scoops up from 3:00-5:00 pm in the 16th floor education room.
The rumor is that Staley the Bear, of the Chicago Bears, may stop by to make an appearance at the hospital. We will post pictures following the event!
We’d like to send a special thank you to Berry Chill for providing the treats for our event!