Since launching in 2006, Imerman Angels has and continues to be a global leader in enabling cancer support among fighters, survivors and caregivers, and declares August #WorldCancerSupport Month. To date, Imerman Angels’ outreach has enabled more than 10,000 personalized, 1-on-1 cancer support connections from coast to coast, and around the globe to more than 60 countries.
Imerman Angels has declared August World Cancer Support Month to help spread awareness about the psychological and physiological benefits of support outside of medical care. A cancer support community ensures that no one ever has to face the disease without the support of someone uniquely familiar with their situation.
The Need for Cancer Support
According to a 2006 national survey of U.S. households affected by cancer conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, 15 percent of households reported leaving the doctor’s office without getting answers to important questions about their illness. Patients need additional help from someone who can answer questions from personal experience and share their stories about conquering illness, making cancer support integral to the healing process.
“There are many reasons to be excited about developments in cancer treatment,” said Leon Platanias, MD, PhD, Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. “We are thrilled to be able to offer personalized therapies that were unimaginable just a few years ago; but, we are equally committed to providing our patients with the best possible practical and emotional support throughout cancer treatment and survivorship. Imerman Angels’ ability to connect a patient with someone who’s ‘been there’ is a huge benefit for anyone who’s feeling overwhelmed or alone.”
According to the Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Psychosocial Services to Cancer Patients/Families in a Community Setting (2008), patients and their families not only have to live with and manage the challenges and risks posed to their physical health, but also need to overcome psychosocial obstacles that interfere with their health care and diminish their health and daily functioning. The Committee adds, that by providing cancer support to anyone affected by cancer, patients can become better aware of what is ahead of them and begin to transition back to routine activities of daily living that most people take for granted. Based on a meta-analysis on the effects of psycho-oncologic interventions for the Journal of Clinical Oncology, psychosocial care improves health outcomes and reduces emotional distress, anxiety, depression, and health related quality of life. (Faller H., Schuler M., Richard M., Heckl U., Weis J., & Kuffner R., 2013)
Proclamation from the Mayor
With the generous help and official Proclamation from Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago, and Mayor Eric Garcetti in Los Angeles, Imerman Angels can proudly declare August as World Cancer Support Month to spread the word that cancer support is essential in the fight against cancer.
Inaugural Cuisine for Cancer
To kick start Imerman Angels’ month long World Cancer Support campaign, team IA is hosting the first ever Cuisine for Cancer on August 7, where 1,500 guests are expected to come and support 25 of Chicago’s top local restaurants as they pair up with ten local charities to help raise awareness for Chicago’s cancer community and the ever increasing need for cancer support around the world and in our own households.
Social Media Campaign
To continue to spread the word on the importance of cancer support, Imerman Angels is implementing a hashtag during the month of August #WorldCancerSupport where people from around the world are encouraged to share their cancer story by tweeting and sharing on social media channels. Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way, and together we can ensure that no one will ever have to face cancer on their own.
About Imerman Angels
Imerman Angels, a one-on-one cancer support community, carefully matches and individually pairs a cancer fighter or caregiver with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel). These 1-on-1 relationships inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience. The service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world. Imerman Angels is a federally registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
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