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
The Angel Ambassadors Program is a new initiative which has recently been launched by Imerman Angels at the start of 2010, designed to expand IA’s reach outside of its core market of Chicago. To fulfill this mission, we are launching chapters in other cities around the U.S., where volunteers can help lead and participate in Outreach events in the cities in which they live. There has been an overwhelming desire from volunteers outside of our home base of Chicago to get involved in spreading the word about the IA cause and now these dedicated individuals have a way to do so.
We’ve kicked off the program with 4 ‘test markets’ – Irvine, CA; San Antonio, TX; Winston-Salem, NC; and Jonny’s hometown of Detroit, MI. Our volunteers in these locations are queued up and ready to hit the ground running. In fact, Detroit already has an event on the calendar for mid-February! Once these chapters are on solid footing, we plan to expand the program to other cities with a goal of 10 total chapters in action by the end of the year.
If you have an interest in volunteering in a city with a chapter already in place, or are interested in starting a chapter in your area, please email Brett Lasher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Alexander, Director of PR/Events and Connection Specialist for IA, and Amy Rosko, Imerman Active Committee Chair (above), are kicking off 2010 with new ideas for our IA athletes!
Imerman Active involves athletes from all over the country. Upcoming events include the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago and the Half Marathon in Austin. Thinking of running the 2011 Chicago Marathon? It’s never too soon to start planning with Imerman Angels.
Reach out to email@example.com for more details or visit http://www.imermanangels.org/imerman_active.php
Save the Date! The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation will be throwing their 1st Annual “Eisenopoly” event this coming Friday from 6:30-10pm at the Macy’s Building in Chicago.
Harold E. Eisenberg is “one of the nation’s largest private organizations committed to gastrointestinal cancer research. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting this important and rapidly growing field that has, in the past, remained largely unpublicized and poorly funded despite this type of cancer’s devastating impact on so many lives.”
Think you are the Donald Trump of the board game real estate market? Come show your strategy and negotiation skills around customized boards with friends and appetizers/cocktails to support a great cause.
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Heads up! IA will be hosting a Volunteer Commitee meeting, as well as Sub-Commitee meetings, tomorrow from 7-8:30pm at the Loyola Law School Building in Chicago: 25 E. Pearson St. Kasbeer Hall- 15th Floor.
This will be a good opportunity to get up to speed on Outreach, Marketing/PR, Events and Imerman Active projects, as well as identify potential areas where you can contribute to IA efforts in 2010. For Imerman Fans who cannot attend the Chicago meeting, we will be rolling out our Angel’s Ambassador program shortly, offering opportunities to volunteer all around the country. Stay tuned for more details!
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