Angels Ethan Zohn and Gavin Robertson met in person for the first time to run the NYC marathon. Gavin, Ethan’s Survivor Angel, mentored him through his fight with a rare form of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma called CD-20. They had nearly identical treatment plans and now, after Gavin’s success, they can battle marathons together!
Hodgkin’s lymphoma, previously known as Hodgkin’s disease, is a type of lymphoma, which is a cancer originating from white blood cells called lymphocytes. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one of two common types of cancers of the lymphatic system. The other type, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is far more common.
Read more at the National Cancer Institute.
Great things happened today at the Chicago Marathon! The men’s record was broken by a second, a woman from Russia won in her 2nd marathon ever, and the Imerman Active team all made it safely across the finish line! It was a chilly day, but that didn’t stop IA fans and runners from gathering together in our tent in Charity Village. Check back for more pictures and videos from the event!
Pull out your day planners, Outlook calenders and organizers, because this weekend will be packed with events that you will not want to miss!
To celebrate the spirit of the Chicago Marathon, IA has pulled out the stops with some of our generous sponsors to celebrate our 117 Imerman Active runners who will be pounding the pavement in their signature light blue jerseys that were donated to us from Upstaging Inc. (www.upstaging.com).
PRE RACE: To kick off the weekend, we will be hosting a booth at the Marathon Expo both Friday and Saturday at McCormick Place in Chicago to spread our mission of 1-on-1 cancer support. We’d love to meet you face-to-face, so feel free to drop by and say hello!
RACE DAY: Imerman Angels can be found at our tent in Charity Village. A DJ from Platinum Entertainment will set the tone for visitors who will snack on food donated by Protein Bar and Postash Bros Market. Trainers and masseuses, provided by Equinox and LifeStyle Physical Therapy & Balance Center, will be keeping the mood and muscles loose!
POST RACE: Bull & Bear, a popular Chicago spot, will be hosting a post-race celebration! Compliments will be paid by the venue to marathon runners from 6-9pm! Didn’t run? You’re welcome as well!
Additional thanks to Czarnowski for donating our tent and banners!
Amongst the IA network there are more than a few dedicated runners, including our Imerman Active team (participating in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday!), but it may be safe to say that no one runs further for Imerman Angels than Adrian Belitu.
Adrian (LEFT) at the Spartathalon in September 2009
Founder of Benefits of Giving and The Endurance Club, Adrian is an ultra-distance runner who participates in races of over 100 miles all over the world. His most recent event was the Spartathalon: an invitation-only, 135 mile run from Athens to Sparta that took 36 hours to complete. Having lost both of his parents to cancer, Adrian decided to run in support of IA.
Dedicated to The Endurance Club motto “raise more than just a sweat”, Adrian has expanded his passion of running into a fundraising opportunity that had originally generated $5K for IA. He will not stop there. By creating Benefits of Giving, he plans to work alongside our goals of growth over the next few years by attempting to raise a million dollars to aid in our mission of connecting cancer fighters and survivors for 1-on-1 support.
Ultra-distance running, according to Adrian, is an individual challenge within a community event. Runners speak to one another as they journey over mountains and push through hours of intense physical exertion while helping each other make it to the finish. Similar to this, Adrian believes that athletes can benefit from collaborating towards a fundraising effort and making a big difference together. His million dollar goal, with support of athletes around the country, will be possible.
Through Benefits of Giving, an athlete can turn any competition into an opportunity to improve the lives of people fighting cancer. Not limited to distance runners, athletes across disciplines are able to identify an event to dedicate themselves to and, from there, a customized fundraising page can be created! The site allows each participant to track the donations that they have received: friends and family can click “Donate to Me” and quickly submit money to the mission of their choice.
Dedicated competitors can take their game to the next level by enrolling in The Endurance Club, which will allow them to, through fundraising, collect “points” on the site that can then be applied towards entry fees for future events. They say that good deeds are paid forward and The Endurance Club is proof of this!
Visit The Endurance club!
Visit Benefits of Giving!
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Do you have two left feet for running, but want to know how you can contribute to our mission of 1-on-1 cancer support during Marathon Week? Visit our First Giving page and sponsor members of our Imerman Active team who will be running in Sunday’s marathon!
Let your fingers do the running here!
The link above will lead you to a webpage dedicated to IA where you can choose from several IA runners who have already set up an online fundraising page. To date: 132 people are raising money and 1,428 people have donated!
Another great donation? Your voice! Come clap your hands and cheer on our light blue jerseys as they cross the finish line.