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May 25

OMG SUmmitThis past weekend the IA crew attended the 3rd Annual OMG Summit, sponsored by I’m Too Young For This! Foundation for young adults (one of our advocacy partners).

The summit aimed to bring together advocates from all over the country for a mindshare around topics such as social media advocacy, oncofertility, employment/insurance and more.  Panelists included Jonny Imerman, Brad Ludden (First Descents), Matthew Zachary and Jack Bouffard (i[2]y), Adam Ostrom (Editor of, as well as representatives of several additional charities, health care providers and writers.

Through this networking event, we were able to register new survivors who can now share their knowledge and experience with others who are fighting a similar battle.  As young adults are the most underrepresented demographic in the cancer community, this is a huge win!

For more information, follow this link to the offical website.

May 24

BoratThere’s a huge and powerful difference between positive thinking and taking positive action. My mentor and teacher pointed out the distinction with the following notion: some people will sit in their room, creating positive images and affirmations about wanting a new car. However, they never leave their room. If you sit in your room and create all those positive images about the new car, about the only way it can show up is to come crashing through the walls.

If you want the positive improvement, or in this case the new car, you may have to do a whole heck of a lot more than sit around and think positive thoughts about it showing up. As my mentor would say, you may have to get up off your duff and do something about it. You know, like get actively involved.

The self-empowerment game is one of those “get actively involved games.” However, while there are any number of things I might be able to do to improve my lot in life, many will require cooperation or support from others.

So, how do you generate the kind of cooperation or support that may be necessary to bring about meaningful change in your own set of circumstances?

Read the rest of the article in the Huffington Post and get empowered!

May 18

Local TIA is excited to let you know about a new and fun way to support Imerman Angels. Scared Panda, a Chicago-based t-shirt company, recently created a t-shirt called Chaotic Peace and is donating 10% of the proceeds to our organization.

Chaotic Peace was designed by local artist, Danielle Baird, and symbolizes the art of finding peace in even the most chaotic situations. If you like this t-shirt, we hope you’ll purchase one to help support our cause and share with your friends, family and co-workers.  I can already see myself rocking this tee in Saturday morning pilates!

May 5
ImermanImerman Angels was at the Health Fair/Grand Opening of the second Doctors Immediate Care location in the Chicagoland area: the perfect, health care solution for families and individuals of all ages, including:  those who have an emergency and cannot reach their primary care doctor, are visiting from out of town or are new to the area and currently do not have a doctor.  This new location, is located at 2724 W. 47th Street in the Brighton Park neighborhood.
* Convenient walk-in medical care with licensed physicians who are available during extended hours 365 days a year to treat any non-life-threatening illness or injury that needs immediate attention.
* Drug testing and DNA paternity testing.

Why:  They recognized the need for accessible, economical medical care, particularly for those patients with minor accidents and illnesses not necessarily requiring the extensive services of a hospital’s emergency department.

The first Doctors Immediate Care Clinic opened in Naperville, IL. on 20th November 2009

Apr 22

Jim HigleyJim Higley, one of IA’s Mentor Angels, writes a humorous column on fatherhood – Bobblehead Dad – for Chicago Tribune’s TribLocal.

His blog contains funny entries, most recently, about his recent marathon run in Rome, snow blowers, being a Dad, and finding his A-game.

Jim recently wrote an article about his 5th Birthday (his cancerversary).  He talks about his cancer journey, his experience as a survivor and his new version of normal.

“But, the new normal is also unleashingly good. The new normal comes with the permission to live richer, to speak freely, to cry openly, to make mistakes, to take chances, to say “yes” to new things, and to tell those ‘someones’ in your life just how deep your love is for them.”

Cheers to that, Jim!

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