My name is Erin Unander; I am a Chicago Public School math teacher, a wife, a swimming mom for my daughter and a baseball mom for my two sons. In what little me time I have, I love to run! I have completed two marathons, Chicago 2013 and 2015, but I thought my marathon days were over. Just a few months before 2015, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I lost weight, couldn’t eat and my doctor told me that there was no way she would allow me to run a marathon. Fortunately though, she was a runner too and she understood my desire, so with medication and a plan that I would drop out before I dropped, literally, I ran that marathon. It was grueling and painful, but I finished. In 2017 I had an irrational moment as all runners do and signed up for the 2018 Chicago marathon, this time running grateful and healthy. My whole family got in but me. At first I thought it was divine intervention; I just wasn’t meant to run another marathon. What I realize now is that I was not meant to run the Chicago marathon alone. I was meant to be the face, legs, and voice for all the cancer fighters, supporters and caregivers that are under the care of Imerman Angels and to ensure that the support is there for those who will need them in the coming years. Please help me “run with a purpose” by supporting this incredible organization.