Survivor Stories

Cancer Survivor Celebrates Fatherhood and Family

Cancer survivor Walter Dougan, who is also a Mentor Angel for Imerman Angels, considers Father’s Day especially wonderful after his stage III colon cancer diagnosis in 2003. Thirteen years out from his battle with cancer, he now has four children, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

“My family and I celebrate a lot, including Father’s […]

From Stage IV Cancer to Fatherhood: Survivor Celebrates His First Father’s Day

This Father’s Day is extra special for cancer survivor Luke Tripodi. Not only is it his very first – his son, Sammy, was born January 9 of this year – but the fact Luke was able to have a child is a miracle in several ways.

In the fall of 2005, Luke’s future did not […]

The Power of Hope in Battle with Breast Cancer: The Story of an Imerman Angels Cancer Fighter & Professional Board Member

“My reaction the day I was diagnosed was anger. My gut knew, so I wasn’t particularly surprised by it, but it was anger and a lot of fear.”

In 2001, Chicago, IL resident Megan, who wishes to remain anonymous, found a lump in her breast. After having it checked out right away, the results came […]

A Survivor’s Story: 10 Questions with Cancer Survivor and Mentor Angel Kevan Mathy

“Being an Imerman Angel’s Mentor Angel has allowed me to walk up to people who I know are fighting cancer and share what the program can do for them.  I tell them: don’t be stubborn like me – you need support and what better to have someone who walked in your shoes.”
– Kevin Mathy, Cancer Survivor […]

Friendship through Mentorship: A Mentor Angel and Ambassador’s Story

“There’s a connection between people that have been there, done that; it’s hard to put into words. Cancer is not all we talk about, but it’s something we know we can talk about.”

Nancy Loughery is a kidney-cancer survivor, Mentor Angel, and Imerman Angels’ Ambassador from Florida. She has built a three-way friendship with her […]

New CEO and Executive Director Ben Bornstein to Lead IA into 10th Year! (Crain’s Chicago Business feature)

We have a new CEO and Executive Director on board and his name is Ben Bornstein.

Not only does Ben come to Imerman Angels with an extensive academic and business repertoire, he has battled cancer three times and has come out the other side as a survivor. He’s been extremely involved in various charities over […]

Mentor Angel Shares Inspiring Story of Survivorship

In this inspiring and candid cancer survivorship video, Kurt Soper and his wife, Carrie, discuss their journey overcoming the challenges associated with chondrosarcoma  – a rare cartilage and bone cancer that is diagnosed only 600 times annually in the United States.

The video highlights Kurt’s journey back to an active lifestyle after a necessary amputation […]

Mentor Angel Runs Edison Park Turkey Trot, Raises Awareness for Appendix Cancer

Imerman Angels loves to keep abreast of what our survivors and Mentor Angels are doing with their lives no matter where they are in their cancer journeys.

Recently we had the opportunity to invite one of them, Theresa Kyriaszes, to the Edison Park Turkey Trot, a 5K and fun run celebrating its 19th year in […]

A Perfect Match

 

Written by: Guest Blogger Emma Smoler
I will never forget St. Patrick’s Day, 2014.  In addition to being my favorite holiday, I had an out-of-county court date.  Having taken some time off in the past year from my busy practice as a trial attorney, this court date marked a return of sorts, to the career […]

From Angel Wings to Wedding Rings, an Unexpected Connection!

Love is in the air, especially on this Valentine’s Day. Recently we received an email from a woman who sought support from us in the past. In this email she stated, “If it wasn’t for your organization, I wouldn’t have met my husband.” Jaws dropped! From angel wings to wedding rings, this was definitely an […]