JI had the opportunity to speak at several Orange County hospitals this weekend, spreading the word about our mission of 1-on-1 cancer support to of City of Hope Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, UC-Irvine Cancer Center, and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Jonny visits hospitals all around the country to educate clinical staff on the service of Imerman Angels, providing information that will help cancer fighters and survivors to be connected in 1-on-1 support relationships.
City of Hope is one of forty hospitals designated by the National Cancer Institute (the government’s primary agency for cancer research and training) as a comprehensive research center. Supported by FOX Sports, they will be featured throughout the playoffs in the month of January. They were, also, recently granted $32.5 to research tumor-targeting stem cells.
The UC-Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is also NCI designated and works closely with our friend-organization “I’m Too Young for This”, a online community for young adults fighting cancer.
The Children’s Hospital of Orange County is the 18th busiest children’s hospital in the country. They are well-known for their Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program, which “gives adolescents access to the latest opportunities for a cure, tailoring treatment specifically to their age group. CHOC offers age-appropriate, disease-appropriate treatment in an environment that allows individuals to feel comfortable and at ease.”
The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles is an international leader in the comprehensive care of children and teens with cancer. They have several specialized programs geared towards life-after-cancer: school transition/ re-entry, life planning, group retreats for survivors and other community geared events. Read about their Hope Program.
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!
How do I stay positive? I am inspired everyday by meeting amazing cancer survivors who have overcome SO MUCH and are SO PASSIONATE about giving their stories back to help someone else in the fight!! When I meet a 24 year-old girl in Seattle who tells me that she beat Burkitt’s non-hodgkin’s lymphoma in a her freshman year in college, muscled through it, graduated from college, and now in nursing school and excited to give back as an oncology nurse (and an Imerman Angel!) – I GET PUMMMMMPED UP!!!!! WOW!!! And then our staff and our amazing volunteers who care SO MUCH about changing the cancer world!! I am LUCKY to get to work alongside such crusaders!!!! The STRENGTH is in the team – and this team gets me FIRED-UP EVERYDAY!!!!
At the end of everyday, I walk out of my office with a big smile, knowing that our organization matched-up 10 or 12 people that day, and changed their attitudes and lives, and… I just can’t have a bad day!! I think it’s important for all of us to remember that helping people, in the simplest form, can and will give each of us so much joy, after all, what other reason would we be on this earth if it is isn’t to help each other overcome obstacles and keep well?!!!!! The people around me and the service we provide are a KEY source of my happiness and attitude, and agin I am LUCKY to play on this team of angels!!!!!! Good health and wellness to each of you!!!
Imerman Angels has the best volunteers and, tonight, we will be showing them how glad we are for all that they do! Our squad will be celebrating our 2009 successes and 2010 plans at Bull & Bear in Chicago with light apps and drinks. For everyone who cannot make it and has supported IA this year: THANK YOU. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
To get involved, contact Rynell Cook at Imerman Angels. Our next Volunteer Committee Meeting is January 19th.
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JI will be attending the 3rd Annual Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Cancer Therapies Conference (aka CAM for Cancer) to meet with RN, MDs, PhDs, CNAs, LPNs, Mental Health, Acupuncturiss, massage professionals and the patient/advocate community, January 7-9.
The purpose of the conference, hosted by the Annie Appleseed Project (http://www.annieappleseedproject.org/), is to educate attendees on the evidence behind CAM and ways to help patients and survivors during and after treatment. Topics to be covered are included in the 2010 Conference Agenda .
The project became a 501 non-profit corporation in the state of Florida in 2003. “From its inception, the Annie Appleseed Project decided to challenge the existing treatment paradigm, to question the existing research methods and subjects, and to propose new directions for both ending with true integrative oncology. The program name is designed to bring complementary, alternative therapies to the mainstream as soon as possible, while serves as a place where all ideas are scrutinized.”
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