Monthly Archives: May 2016

Cancer Survivors Enjoy a Day of Pampering

While the desire to receive beauty treatments and pampering may sound trivial after beating cancer, for many survivors, it is a treat that lifts their weary spirits and soothes their embattled minds. It is also a way to regain their confidence in the wake of side effects that can take a toll on their […]

Mentor Angel Shows Caregiver the Way

May Lou Oster had just learned that her 38 year-old daughter, Megan – her only child – had stage IV breast cancer. Once the disease has progressed this far, it is considered incurable by the medical community. Mary Lou was devastated about the prospect of losing her daughter and overwhelmed by the endless medical […]

Heroes of Team Imerman Angels: Elyse Yarnell

Elyse Yarnell, a member of the Imerman Angels Professionals Board, lost her mother to breast cancer when she was in high school. Elyse is honoring the memory of her mother, who was an avid runner, by joining Team Imerman Angels for the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

“I think of it as an opportunity […]

Behind the Matches: the Vital Role of a Cancer Support Specialist

Imagine, for a moment, that helping cancer fighters and their caregivers was the main focus of your job. For Megan Alexander, a Cancer Support Specialist with Imerman Angels, this scenario is very real. And it is what she enjoys most about her role.

“My favorite part of my job is helping people and witnessing how […]

Imerman Angels Golf Outing Chair Fueled by Passion for the Organization’s Mission

Stan Siuta, golf chair of the Sixth Annual Imerman Angels Golf Outing, is pumped up about the event for various reasons. But it is his enthusiasm about spending time with the people who enable Imerman Angels to offer one-on-one cancer support that really stands out.

“I am very excited to meet cancer fighters, caregivers, Mentor […]

Mentor Angel Gives Veteran Comfort During His War with Cancer

To call Kenny Johns a survivor would be the understatement of the year. When it comes to thriving through life’s trials, Kenny defines the word “survivor.”

A Vietnam veteran who has lived in Dallas, Texas since 1985, Kenny was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma in November 2015. This was not the first tough medical diagnosis Kenny […]

A Mother’s Wish Inspires Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K & Walk Team

When Liam Ratliff’s mother asked him to participate in an event that benefitted cancer fighters after she was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer last year, Liam did not even consider saying “no.” And this was not the first time he dealt with the disease. Liam’s wife, Megan, lost her own mother to cancer.

So […]

Heroes of Team Imerman Angels: Marina Gavriel

A year ago, Marina Gavriel was confined to a hospital bed, unable to get up without the help of nurses. She had just been through a major surgery as part of her treatment for stage IIA breast cancer. Her battle with cancer was just beginning.

Today, Marina is preparing to train for the 2016 Bank […]

Information on Complementary Therapies for Cancer Fighters and Survivors

Jeff Sirlin founded Cancer Wellness TV, a free online platform offering a wealth of information on complementary therapies, after his own battle with colon cancer. Jeff discovered that these therapies could ease some of the physical and mental side effects that treatment can cause. Cancer patients and survivors can access videos and articles on […]

Perfect Pairing: Mentor Angel Provides Light in the Darkness of Stage IV Breast Cancer

Mentor Angel Shanette Caywood and her mentee, Megan Oster, were both in their thirties when they were diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. While Megan suspected the lump in her breast and the enlarged lymph nodes in her armpit would turn out to be cancerous, Shanette’s diagnosis came as more of a surprise. About […]