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Eric Atkinson - Team Imerman Angels: Chicago Triatholon

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BENEFITING: Imerman Angels

EVENT: Team Imerman Angels: Any Race, Any Sport, Anywhere

EVENT DATE: Aug 27, 2017

Eric Atkinson

THE STORY:

WHY I RUN………….  For my Father….. and for other Fathers, Mothers, Daughters, Sons, Aunts, Uncles, Friends…. EVERYONE.   


This is my Story…

I’ve been volunteering with Imerman Angels for almost 9 years.  I started out as a volunteer working many events till now taking on a leadership role on the Professional Board.    I’m here because of my Father, for what I wasn’t able to do for him.   

In June of 2008 my father’s 2nd wife was diagnosed Lung cancer that had already metastasized to her brain resulting in one large tumor.    I remember when he called and told me that Marian had cancer.   I could tell he was trying to be strong but at the same time could hear the pain in his voice.   I didn’t know what to say or what to do except say I’m sorry.   For the next 3 ½ years as she underwent multiple treatments to try and eradicate the cancer I would talk to my father almost daily.   Just be there to listen.   I knew it was the hardest thing he had ever faced and was basically facing it alone.  Being that they lived in Northwest Wisconsin in the middle of nowhere there wasn’t must support.   All he has was me.   Then that day came January 14, 2008 when I got the call and heard the words I dreaded to hear from my father “She’s gone”.    That was one of the hardest days for my father and for me.   

This is the story that drives me but is just one of millions that people deal with everyday.   

One thing that I have learned over the years is that my mission is slightly different than that of our founder.  As you hear often we provide 1-on-1 Cancer support so nobody fights alone and that is our mission at the core.  But what really drives me, what excites me to see Team Imerman Angles grow is that what we do is create awareness.  Every time we wear our singlet.. Every time you ask someone to help you with your fundraising, every time you run a race.. You create awareness.   There were many times early on as I volunteer I would hear “ I wish I would have know about Imerman Angels when I was going through my treatment”   and that is exactly how I felt.  I wish I would have know about Imerman Angels when my father was struggling through his wife’s cancer battle.   So help me in continuing to create awareness tomorrow, next week, next year so that everyone on this planet knows about Imerman Angels and never has to fight cancer alone.   


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