Imerman Angels Quarterly Newsletter Volume 1
 
  A Letter from Jonny Imerman
 
  Hi everyone! I wish each of you wellness and hope your day rocks!

I want to thank EACH of you for taking the time to SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT IMERMAN ANGELS and the importance of our mission!

As you know our 5-Year Mission is this: Beginning January 1, 2013, every cancer fighter in the U.S. will have free access to a cancer survivor within 24 hours of being diagnosed!
  Jonny Imerman
 
With your help, our network has grown to more than 1,800 cancer survivors STRONG! We have fighters and survivors living in all 50 states, as well as countries such as Italy, Ireland, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Argentina, Canada, Pakistan, Nigeria, Israel, South Africa and many more!

Imerman Angels remains the largest and strongest network of survivors for 1-on-1 cancer support on the planet, to our knowledge.

Let's work to BRING THIS CANCER WORLD CLOSER TOGETHER and UNITE IT by making more and more connections for people who need them!

I want to thank friends and supporters, hospitals, oncology nurses, social workers, doctors, and cancer partners (ie. LIVESTRONG) for all their help! Their referrals are key to our success!

Just this morning, we connected a 31 year-old woman in the UK fighting cervical cancer and facing radiation and surgery with a 29 year-old woman in Florida who is a 5-year cervical cancer survivor - and she had radiation and surgery too! AMAZING CONNECTION. Powerful friendship!

Please continue to spread the word about Imerman Angels, telling anyone and everyone you can, and we will continue to provide much needed assistance! Please encourage both cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers to call us we are here to help and make this cancer world a better place!

I wish each of you wellness, and happiness, and sincerely thank you!

Jonny Imerman

 
News & Updates!
 
 
Stats
• We now have over 1,800 cancer survivors in our network - and each survivor has an incredible and inspiring story to share!

• The dedicated strategic planning committee has worked hard over the past 6 months to deliver a solid plan to achieve our 5-year goal!
 
 
 
Ice Cream Social
We're excited to announce that on June 30, we held our first monthly "Imerman Angels Ice Cream Social" at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital! Each month, Imerman Angels staff and volunteers will serve Berry Chill to in-patient cancer fighters, families, doctors and nurses while spreading the importance of our mission!
 
 
 
Magglio Tigers' right fielder Magglio Ordonez recently auctioned his signature hair on ebay to benefit Imerman Angels, and even more awareness for the cause. The winning bidder received his hair clippings, Magglio's private box for a game, and an autographed bat. Ever since, we have been pairing fighters, survivors, and caregivers at record pace!
 
Simple Ways to Support Imerman Angels
 
Forward this newsletter to a friend who might want to join our mailing list
Refer cancer fighters, survivors or caregivers Imerman Angels for 1-on-1 Cancer Support 1-877-274-5529
Join our volunteer committee, if living in the Chicagoland area. Email rynell@imermanangels.org for more info!
Donate silent auction items for our Annual Akira Fashion Show Silent Auction Email laura@imermanangels.org for more info!
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Wear an Imerman Angels t-shirt and/or Imerman Angels bracelet to help spread the word on a grassroots level
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Traveling With Imerman Angels
 
ONS Conference, San Antonio, April30-May2
Thousands of registered nurses at the Oncology Nursing Society's annual conference learned first-hand how 1-on-1 cancer support positively impacts newly diagnosed patients every single day. We understand that nurses are the critical link between fighters and physicians, so we're glad to speak to your group about how we help your patients and why we do it free of charge.

 
 
12Y OMG! Conference, New York City, May 4
I2Y is for I'm Too Young For This, a non-profit helping young adults connect about cancer. The OMG! conference is more than about cancer, though. It's also about life and not letting cancer get in the way of it. Visit i2y.com for tips, tricks, and tools for living your best life with cancer.

 
 
AOWS Conference Savannah, May 6-7
Feeling good starts with feeling better, and that's why the Association of Oncology Social Work helps fighters, their friends, and families deal with cancer. They improve well-being by helping fighters and everyone in their social circle understand more about the culture of beating cancer. Part and parcel to this is 1-on-1 cancer support, and that's why we were there.

 
 
ASCO Conference, Orlando, May 29-June 2
At the cutting edge of treating cancer, the American Society of Clinical Oncologists is on a mission to improve personalized cancer care - through the latest in treatment, research, education, and 1-on-1 cancer support for fighters, survivors, and caregivers.

 
 
Camp Kesem, Burlington Wisconsin, June 16
Founded and run by Northwestern University student volunteers, Camp Kesem is a free one-week, overnight summer camp for children ages 6-13 - all of whom have a parent who has died from cancer, is currently in treatment, or in remission from cancer. It's a special place and we were glad to be there.

 
 
Camp One Step At A Time, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, July 7
Cancer shouldn't prevent kids from having a childhood, which is why Children's Oncology Services started One Step At A Time Camp. For the past 31 years, kids fighting cancer have been spending two weeks at camp in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, bonding with other children just like them. Imerman Angels, a partner of Children's Oncology Services, spent a day at camp and made friends with over 300 children facing cancer.

 
Imerman Angels Testimonial
 
 
Marcee Clemens

"When I began this journey, Imerman Angels gave me all of the hope and strength that I would need to make it through this journey. Prior to my involvement with Imerman Angels, I wasn't quite sure how I was going to make it. Not only do they provide cancer fighters with hope, strength and love but they also support the caregivers. They have taught me that there is always light at the end of the tunnel and that anything is possible. I am the wife of Neil Clemens who is a Non-Hodgkin's-Lymphoma cancer survivor! I am so grateful for the support and the wonderful angels that I have been connected with to help me through this journey!"

-Marcee Clemens, Caregiver
Marcee Clemens
 
 
Board of Directors Update
 
Dr. Jason Canner   Dr. Jason Canner

Jason Canner has joined the Imerman Angels Board of Directors in April, 2009. His addition will provide insight about medical outreach and bring an oncology background to the group.

Dr. Canner, was born and raised in Michigan, and was brought to Chicago in 1998 to pursue his medical career. Following pediatric residency, he moved to Columbus, Ohio to complete a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. His wife Janie and he recently settled back in the Chicago area. Dr. Canner is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL and has quickly become involved in both hospital and local outreach projects. His passion for kids, their families and the support that they deserve will complement our mission.
 
 
Team Member Update -Summer Interns
 
Lauren Karabush   Lauren Karabush

Lauren Karabush was born and raised in Highland Park, Illinois. This fall, Lauren will be a senior at the University of Illinois. She is currently working towards a degree in advertising with a focus on public relations and a minor in sociology. Lauren has been an active member of Relay for Life for the past three years working hard in the fight against cancer.
Laura Snyder   Laura Snyder

Laura Snyder was born and raised in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. This fall, Laura will be a junior at the University of Illinois. She is majoring in Speech Communications with a focus on public relations and interpersonal communications. For the past few years, Laura has participated in Relay for Life supporting her friends and family.
 
Volunteer Committee Chairs
 
Michelle Molise   Michelle

Michelle Molise has served as the media relations volunteer for Imerman Angels since its inception. She brings 10 years of experience to the public relations and marketing industry as owner of Michelle Molise PR. Her high profile client history in both Chicago and Detroit includes non-profits, celebrities, restaurants, hotels, major sports and entertainment venues, nationally renowned tour attractions, and media. A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, she is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Communication/PR.
 
 
 
Brad Laney   Brad

Brad Laney is the Imerman Angels Marketing/PR Committee Co-chair. As a brand strategist, Brad has enjoyed a successful 20 year career spanning general media advertising, promotional marketing, retail marketing and general branding. A graduate of the Chicago's DePaul University, Brad is a Chicago native and spends most of his summers along the city's lakefront.
 
 
 
Erin Wasson   Erin

Erin Wasson is the Co-Chair of the Events Committee. Ms. Wasson is currently the Event Planner for Launch Events and the Marketing Coordinator for Homescout Realty. She grew up in St. Louis, MO and is a graduate from Loyola University Chicago in Public Relations/Advertising and Visual Communication. Starting out as the first intern for Imerman Angels, she has been an active volunteer and is excited for the opportunity to help plan events to spread the word and achieve our 2013 mission.
 
 
 
 
Volunteer Spotlight
Teri Ramirez   Teri Ramirez

This month's volunteer spotlight is on Teri Ramirez, a San Antonian turned Chicagoan. Teri flies across the country for American Airlines but when she's back in Chicago - you can find her sporting an Imerman Angels t-shirt spreading our mission, volunteering on the Outreach committee, serving ice cream at the Imerman Angels Ice Cream Social at the Lurie Cancer Center and guest bartending at Timothy O'Toole's with proceeds benefiting Imerman Angels. Teri's commitment has made a huge impact on the organization. Thanks for all you do, Teri!
 
Imerman Active
 
IA TeamWe are proud to announce that Team Imerman Angels has over 150 runners representing us in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 11 and the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon on Aug. 2. Registration has now closed for both marathons but we welcome any runner who has already registered to join our team. We're providing our runners professional training with CARA and Equinox, a race day jersey, a tent in charity village for post race celebration, gear check, social events and the opportunity to help make a difference in the world touched by cancer. Interested runners should email laura@imermanangels.org. We want to thank our dedicated runners and generous marathon sponsors for all their support: Equinox, Upstaging, KMG Private Wealth Management, Lifestyle Physical Therapy and Balance Center, Czarnowksi and Potash Bros Market.
 
 
  Event Recap
 

Survivor Day
Survivor DayIf you've survived cancer, you've got a friend. Hundreds of them, in fact. All of whom lived it up at the 2nd Annual Imerman Angels Survivor Day party at Martini Park. Survivors, supporters, fighters and representatives from 17 cancer care organizations came out to hop, hoof, and hustle to a live swing band, while sharing their personal inspiration. It was truly a magical night!

 
 

Rock 4 Angels
Rock 4 AngelsDon't stop believing in 1-on-1 Cancer Support. Hundreds of Imerman Angels fans held onto that feeling with Kevin Chalfant & The Storm at the Rock 4 Angels concert at LaSalle Power Company on June 27. The Storm has toured with Journey, Bryan Adams, REO Speedwagon, and now, they've performed with Imerman Angels, too. The night was truly incredible and a special thank you to our amazing speaker Krystal Bocanegra. Krystal inspired so many with her survival story of her battle with mesothelioma and the unique pair up Imerman Angels was able to provide her. Thank you Kevin Chalfant and the members of The Storm along with our generous sponsors: Stoli, Corona, E & J Gallo Wines, and the Mike Vesole Group for helping us make Rock 4 the Angels such a fun night!

 
Sponsorship Spotlight
 
 
WHAT: Annual Imerman Angels Akira Fashion Show and Silent Auction
WHEN: Sunday, August 30, 4:30pm
WHERE: Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie Chicago, IL 60622
 
 
Sponsorship Spotlight
 
Equinox
Equinox
We would like to extend a special thank you to Equinox for all their amazing support as an official sponsor of our 2009 Marathon team. Equinox will be helping our runners get into tip top shape this summer by offering our team 2 months of complimentary club access to their gyms and a running club lead by Kimberly Shah of NJoy Lifestyle. Several Equinox physical trainers will be on site in our tent to stretch our runners on race day as well. We look forward to teaming up with Equinox in the future on several other Imerman Active initiatives to help grow Imerman Active and keep everyone active and healthy! As their motto says, "It's not fitness. It's Life!"
 
www.imermanangels.org
 
One On One Cancer Support
 
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Office: 312.274.5529 | Toll Free: 1.877.274.5529 | Fax: 312.274.5530