Imerman Angels is Fleet Feet Sports – Chicago’s Charity of the Month for June.
The mission of Imerman Angels is to provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Imerman Angels was created on the belief that no one should have to face cancer alone and without the necessary support.
At 26 years old, Jonny Imerman was diagnosed with testicular cancer and began his fight against the disease. Throughout his experience, Jonny was lucky enough to have loving support from his family and friends but had never met anyone his age who was a cancer survivor. He wanted to talk to someone just like him, someone who truly understood, and was intimately familiar with his experience. In short, he was looking for someone who had already faced the same type of cancer. This was the beginning of Jonny’s vision and in 2003, it became a reality when he founded Imerman Angels.
Through their unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone seeking cancer support with a “Mentor Angel”. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or caregiver who is the same age, same gender, and most importantly who has faced the same type of cancer.
These one-on-one relationships give a cancer fighter or caregiver the chance to ask personal questions and get support from someone who has been there before. Mentor Angels can lend support and empathy and help cancer fighters and caregivers navigate the system, determine their options and create their own support systems. Frequently, caregivers experience feelings similar to those of the person facing cancer and Mentor Angels can relate while being sensitive to the experience and situation.
Imerman Angels 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.
2017 is the 10th Anniversary of Team Imerman Angels. Join Team Imerman Angels to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer and to be part of an amazing team creating awareness. Every time a Team Imerman Angels participant raises $350 in donations through an event, a cancer fighter, survivor, or caregiver can be matched with a ‘Mentor Angel’ to ensure that no one faces cancer on their own.
Fleet Feet Sports – Chicago is also a proud sponsor of the Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K on Saturday, June 17th at 8:30am at Montrose Harbor. The Brunch Run is a 5K with a reward worth running (or walking) for. Because when you reach the finish line, you will be treated to an amazing brunch from Chicago's award-winning Blue Plate Catering.