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Mentor Angel Helps Cervical Cancer Fighter Find Her Voice

Five years prior to learning that she had stage 1B2 cervical cancer, Darlene Blais was experiencing some symptoms of the disease. She went through a series of tests, all of which came back negative. The one condition for which her gynecologist did not test, however, was the human papilloma virus (HPV).

“Had I been tested […]

From Mourning to Laughter: Mentor Angel Offers Hope to Epithelioid Sarcoma Fighter

To be in cancer survivor Tommy Holl “The Real Elf’s” ebullient and downright hilarious presence, you would never suspect he once struggled with the reality of getting his left pinky finger amputated as treatment for epithelioid sarcoma.

Tommy’s experience with cancer compelled him to spread joy and happiness as The Real Elf starting in 2014. […]

December 19th, 2016|Mentor Angels|0 Comments|

It is Puppy Love for Three-Time Cancer Fighter

Brenda Amor has battled cancer three times. While the experience has taken a toll on her, Brenda is tremendously grateful for the undying loyalty and healing comfort of her therapy dog, Diesel.

“I do not know what I would do without Diesel. He is better for me than any medicine or any of my best […]

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 […]

The NFL Still has Hope

The month of September has probably been the most tumultuous month I can ever remember as a fan of the NFL. It started with the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal and the video that surfaced of him knocking his fiancée out in an Atlantic City elevator. It cast a black eye on America’s favorite […]

Sarcoma Awareness Month

With the start of July comes the beginning of raising awareness for sarcoma, a rare type of tissue cancer, which is represented by the yellow ribbon of hope. Imerman Angels currently has 270 active sarcoma Mentor Angels and 57 Caregiver Mentor Angels. Since 2011, 186 sarcoma fighters and 82 caregivers have been helped through […]

Team Imerman Angels Athlete Highlight: Sven Johnson

Why do you run for Imerman Angels?
Deep down inside I wish that I could be a caregiver mentor angel, but I’ve never had the courage to do so.  I run because I can.  I run with Team IA because I am so impressed by those that can open themselves up by sharing their stories and […]

February 8th, 2013|Team Imerman|0 Comments|

The “Run Down” on Team Imerman Angels

Join Team Imerman Angels in our biggest race of the year, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

In 2012, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon sold out in six days.  Register today as a Team Imerman Angels athlete.  As one of the World Marathon Majors, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a premier race […]

February 7th, 2013|Team Imerman|0 Comments|

Meet Jemma, Imerman Angels Programs Manager!

The cancer community is full of stories of fighters that overcome even the greatest challenges, and our Programs Manager, Jemma, is no exception.  First diagnosed with cancer at the age of 23, and again for the second time at 24, Jemma rose to the challenge and beat both by the age of 25.  You […]

February 6th, 2013|Imerman Angels|0 Comments|

Caring is Giving

Who are cancer caregivers?

82 percent are female
71 percent are married
61 percent have been providing care for less than six months
54 percent live with the patient for whom they are caring
47 percent are more than 50 years old
36 percent reported caregiving took more than 40 hours of time per week

If you have stood beside a […]

February 3rd, 2013|Everything Cancer|0 Comments|