Each New Year, we make resolutions. Making them is easy; sticking to them is the difficult part. Resolutions are more about habit and mental strength than anything else. They are a resolute commitment; a resolved decision. My 2018 Resolution: I have decided to run the Chicago Marathon. In October, I will run it in remembrance of Savannah Cash, benefiting Imerman Angels.
2018 will be a big year for me. I will turn more than a quarter-century old, and it also marks 10 years of a dear friend's passing. Sophomore year of high school, one of my good friends, Savannah Cash, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Her battle is one of the scariest things I have ever experienced. The tumor grew quickly and within months, her short but brilliant battle was over. On May 22nd, 2008, Heaven received an Angel. During this time, a group of friends came together to support and encourage Savannah and her family by starting a campaign called “Savannah Smiles.” We created t-shirts and wristbands, and promoted her life and her radiance. We wanted to bring hope, comfort, and support to Savannah's family and everyone impacted by her passing. Savannah changed me.
As I got older, life sped up and pulled me in different ways. I graduated college and started my first job in a brand new, big city. We don't like to admit it, but sometimes we forget the little things that shape us and make us into the person we are today. We get so caught up in life and the pursuit of it, that sometimes we don’t take the time to pause and reflect on what really matters.
So here I am, reflecting, on what has shaped me, and what is to come. I am feeling accomplished and motivated, and want to honor Savannah by challenging myself and making a big commitment.
One of the organizations I have gotten involved with over the last few years is nonprofit Imerman Angels. Similar to our Savannah Smiles group, Imerman Angels provides hope, unity, and FREE personalized support for cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers. It was created with the belief that no one should have to face cancer alone. Through their unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone, of any age, any gender, anywhere, and of any cancer type, seeking support, with someone just like them. They're called “Mentor Angels.” A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or caregiver who has faced the same type of cancer.
I felt drawn to this organization because it was founded in Chicago, where I now live. Its mission and its affect remind me of Savannah and her sweet fight & spirit. I know if Savannah were here, she would have been a Mentor Angel.The money raised through Imerman Angels is making a tangible, HUGE impact directly in this community. Please join me in 2018 in supporting these families and kicking cancer's @$$.
Any donation (even of $10 or less!) is greatly appreciated. Visit my donation page here: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/alice-yau---team-imerman-angels--2018-bank-of-america-chicago-marathon/aliceyau2 or feel free to Venmo me directly in the name of Savannah. (Venmo name: @alice-yau) To learn more about Imerman Angels, visit https://imermanangels.org/ .
I am so excited and motivated to keep this promise to myself, challenge myself, and run this race for Savannah. I have ten months to train.....if you need me, I'll be running!