This will my third Chicago Marathon, and my second time running for charity. Please consider making a contribution on my behalf for the wonderful Imerman Angels organization. With the help of generous donations, this organization is able to partner a cancer sufferer with someone who survived their type of cancer. In this way, the Imerman Angels work to make sure no one fights cancer alone.
In addition to running for charity, I am also a volunteer counselor for Camp Kesem of Notre Dame. This is a one-week summer camp for children whose parent(s) has/have cancer. On our chapter's site, I wrote about my personal story related to cancer, as well as my mission as a counselor. Here is an excerpt.
Referring to the experience of my grandmother passing away from cancer: "The experience helped me grow. It taught me how to take care of someone in need and how to deal with death, which had never affected me very closely. In the context of Camp Kesem, my own experience helps me relate to our campers. Everybody has had a different experience with cancer but we are all united in them. We have all faced the difficulties and the stress that come with cancer. We have all shared nights filled with tears, memories of loved ones who are no longer with us, and maybe even Christmases in the hospital. We have all been knocked down at some point by cancer, but we have all picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off, and moved on. Most importantly, we are united by the most critical element that we must focus on from our varied experiences with cancer: Hope. Our own experiences with tragedy help us to help others. By dealing with our own problems, we are more able to help others who are going through something similar. My experience with cancer helps me understand my campers, and I think that is what many of them seek whether they know it or not — to be understood. I try to bring our campers hope, and I think our campers feel that when they see that they are not alone in their suffering. At Camp Kesem, nobody is alone, and for that one special week in the summer, we are all united. We are all there for each other, we are all part of the Camp Kesem family, and in that there is hope."
Full story: http://campkesem.org/why-i-kesem-jobro-to-spread-hope
Imerman Angels unites fighters with survivors, and there is plenty of hope in that. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.
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