BENEFITING: Imerman Angels
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017
I first heard about Imerman Angels when I discovered that they were hosting their first Brunch Run 5K back in July 2015. I started my journey into running in January of that year with the goal of completing my first 8K by participating in the Shamrock Shuffle. I had such an enjoyable experience that I sought out other races to run and that is when I came across the Imerman Angels Brunch Run.
I admit that I wanted to participate because the idea of having brunch immediately following a race was quite appealing to me, but the more I looked into the Imerman Angels organization the more I wanted to promote and partake in their events.
Their mission is to provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Their service is free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world.
Through their unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone seeking cancer support with someone just like you – 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. Mentor Angels can relate while being sensitive to the experience and situation.
I have been fortunate in that I have not experienced the effects of cancer first-hand nor hardly second-hand, although a childhood friend of mine received a diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma, grade 3, in 2016; and it became all the more important to me to raise awareness and money for an organization that focuses on healing the human aspect of cancer.
I always considered running to be a solo endeavor that could only benefit me, but if I can make a difference in the lives of those who are facing life-threatening diseases by running 26.2 miles then count me in.
Please support me in running my first marathon by donating to this amazing organization.
Thank you so much!