Noelle Freeland (pictured), Ann Bjerke, Michelle Ryczek and Rynell Cook (IA Connections Manager) spent last week at Arenal and in Tamarindo, Costa Rica! While they weren’t horseback riding, swimming in tropical waterfalls, zip-lining, surfing, eating star fruit and passion fruit – they were talking about Imerman Angels and spreading the mission!
We made a pretty remarkable connection yesterday!
Not only did “Jane” call us from California fighting DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) breast cancer but she was also a liver transplant recipient (unrelated to cancer). She registered with IA hoping to meet another breast cancer survivor and thought that it would be a long-shot to have the opportunity to meet another BC survivor who also had some sort of organ transplant prior to cancer. After I had a great conversation with Jane, we looked in our network of nearly 2,500 ”Mentor Angels” and found her the perfect match. We introduced Jane to another woman living here in Illinois who not only survived DCIS breast cancer but she’s also a triple organ transplant recipient! Yes, triple! Before her diagnosis, she had a liver, heart and kidney transplant! This woman has an amazing testimonial to say the least. To top it off, the survivor’s name also happens to be “Jane!”
Check Rynell Cook, on the NCCS Cancerversary Blog! Rynell is a Connection Specialist at Imerman Angels and is also a cancer survivor. Way to go, girl!