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!
- 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.
Cec Strine, teacher at Cranbrook Schools Brookside of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, can speak to the impact of community support on an individual. As a salivary cancer survivor, she shared with me the importance of the Cranbrook family, as she took the disease head on:
“The extended Cranbrook family supported us so much. People that you didn’t even know about… who quietly had cancer.”
Joining together with Sarah Jacobs, an alum, parent and breast cancer survivor, the two created an idea: a victory lap against cancer around Kingswood Lake.
Tomorrow, September 27th, will be the first annual “Cranbrook Envisions a Cure Walk” sponsored by the school’s Cross Country Team. Like many things, this event has been a community effort. From the event logo (designed by a 6th grader within the school system) to the preparation for the big day, this has been yet another project where Cranbrook students, faculty, parents, grandparents, alumni and friends were able to join forces.
Cec is close to the Imerman Community for several reasons. Not only was she a teacher of Jonny, who attended Cranbrook as a student, but she also participated in a 1-on-1 pair-up relationship through IA. Tomorrow, she will be walking in memory of her mother to: pay tribute to those battling cancer, support research for a cure, and celebrate life. JI is excited to be amongst those attending, as well as a featured speaker.
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.”- Maya Angelou.
Cec shared that this (above) has touched her through her cancer journey. Though cancer is an ugly disease, she had found that it was also a blessing in disguise and an opportunity for her to give back to those who had shown her love and support. The cancer walk is the perfect opportunity to come out for Cranbrook, Cec, and those fighting cancer all around the country. Stop in and cheer on the walkers!
Optional donations will be made to Imerman Angels.