How World Cancer Support Month Affects Us All
Cancer touches all of our lives in one way or another. If you have not personally experienced a cancer diagnosis, chances are it has happened to someone you care about. You may have even lost a loved one because of it. Cancer can happen to anyone at anytime, and it is incredibly isolating.
That’s why, thanks to Imerman Angels, August is World Cancer Support Month. This month is a celebration of the community created from love, and an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of cancer support. According to the American Cancer Society, “Patients with more social support tend to feel less anxious and depressed and report a better quality of life. People with cancer find it encouraging to have others who listen and help with the practical aspects of dealing with cancer.”
Everyone in a cancer fighter’s life plays an integral role in how to help them and stand in their corner. For World Cancer Support Month, find out about all you can do to make an impact in the cancer support community.
Refer a Mentor or Mentee
In our 13 year history, Imerman Angels has connected more than 43,000 people across 137 cancer types, in all 50 states and 96 countries. It is our mission as an organization to give someone their perfect match and help them find someone who has walked in their shoes. Through our unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone, any age, any gender, anywhere and any cancer type seeking support with someone just like them – a “Mentor Angel”. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or caregiver who most importantly has faced the same type of cancer. Our 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.
Many of our mentors and volunteers always express they wish they knew about Imerman Angels when they were going through treatment. Our team wants to make sure everyone who may need these resources know about them. Don’t miss the chance to share our mission with your loved one and change their life. Click to request a Mentor or apply to become a Mentor.
Join our Global Ambassador Program
Ever since the launch of our Global Ambassador Program, we are always looking for engaged, energetic, and passionate volunteers to help us scale our services on a global level. As an Ambassador, you will generate greater awareness of Imerman Angels and services offered via outreach to hospitals, cancer centers, and corporations; you can apply to represent Imerman Angels as an official liaison. We have ambassadors everywhere from the U.S, to the Netherlands, to India! Learn more about our Global Ambassador Program here.
Volunteer at an Outreach Event
Although our services extend all over the world, we also provide hands-on volunteer opportunities with our team locally. If you live in or around the Chicago area, we would love to have you volunteer at our community outreach events. You will have the experience of meeting with cancer fighters undergoing treatment and talking to them about what Imerman Angels does. You will be able to visibly see the difference you are making! Learn about Volunteer Opportunities here.
Run for a Reason
Do you want to be able to help others while changing your life in the process? The Team Imerman Angels marathon teams will do just that. Join over 300 members in Chicago, New York and Detroit making a difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer and to be a part of an amazing team all working towards something big. Finishing a marathon is not as daunting as it seems, as Team Imerman Angels provides free training and team gear to help you get ready.
If you aren’t ready for 26.2 quite yet, try attending one of our shorter running events. Every summer, Imerman Angels hosts the Brunch Run 5K Fun Run & Walk on Chicago’s lakefront, and also participates in the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle in March. No matter how far you feel comfortable running, there is an opportunity for you to run to help others. Learn more about Team Imerman Angels here.
Donating to a cause you believe in has a bigger impact than you may think. We appreciate every dollar that is donated to Imerman Angels. A contribution of as little as $50 will sponsor one month of community engagement materials for our healthcare partners and providers. This information is critical to helping us educate the community and spread awareness for our services. To donate to Imerman Angels, click here.
August is World Cancer Support Month, but the support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers is needed year-round. Join Imerman Angels as a Mentor Angel, volunteer, Ambassador, runner, or supporter so that no one faces cancer alone!