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.
- Blakely Lauria (Steering Committee), JI, Arlyce Seibert (Dir. of Cranbrook Schools), Jamie Reif (Local IA Volunteer), Sarah Jacobs (Co-Chair), Anne Tremain (Steering Committee), Cec Strine
Cranbrook Schools of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan held their first annual cancer solidarity walk on Sunday, September 27th. Jonny shared that, following the event, many people approached him for more information on Imerman Angels’ 1-on-1 match up service for friends and family fighting cancer. This is what we are all about!
Cec Strine, event Co-Chair, called the event a success. Both she and Jonny spoke and shared their messages of hope (pictured below). Even her grandson, Austin (below), turned out for the event and displayed IA pride!
One of IA's youngest supporters.
Cec (above) is a cancer survivor and Imerman survivor angel!
Following the event, Cranbrook allowed Jonny the opportunity to speak to health classes and the football team to educate them about young adults with cancer.
Jonny has more in common with the wife of Magglio Ordonez than simply a love for the Detroit Tigers, they are both Cancer survivors! Mrs. Ordonez, a Thyroid Cancer champion, joined IA last night to watch the Tigers play the Royals at Comerica Park.
Also cheering on the orange and blue were Val ( who organized the event) and 2 cancer survivors (Trina + Patty) who are pictured below.
Everyone was rooting for the same causes: fighting and surviving cancer (and the Tigers!!)
Popular Detriot Tigers right fielder, Magglio Ordonez, recently auctioned his signature hair on ebay to benefit Imerman Angels and raise awareness for 1-on-1 cancer support. Tonight, as the Tigers take on the Royals, IA will be in the crowd cheering him on! Go Magglio! Go Tigers!