Last October, 12 hours before the Chicago Marathon began, I started a conversation with a woman who had to learn to walk again after a serious bone cancer diagnosis. She shared her cancer journey and the struggle to regain her mobility and strength after treatment. After learning to walk again, she began to run. And last year, 12 hours after I chatted with her, she ran the Chicago Marathon for Team Imerman Angels. I cried (shocking for those that know me!) as she told me her story. I kept thinking -- what's my excuse? Later that night at the same pasta dinner for Team Imerman Angels' runners, I met Colleen Vanloh whose identical twin sister, Coco, had been her marathon partner for 37 marathons. Colleen's sister died six days after a kidney cancer diagnosis. In her sister's memory, Colleen and 14 family members ran the 2018 Chicago Marathon for Team IA. Again, through tears, I thought -- what's my excuse?
I have none. So here I go.
I am running 26.2 miles for Team Imerman Angels so no one has to face cancer alone.
I am hoping that you, my nearest and dearest, will help support me in whatever way you can -- with a gift to Imerman Angels here, with some carbo loading, with a rocking running playlist, with a donut along the course, with the name of someone you want me to run in honor of.
Let's do this people. Thanks for your support!
Why Imerman Angels?
Imerman Angels is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Participating in the Chicago Marathon with Team Imerman Angels is your opportunity to be the difference for anyone seeking cancer support. In 2018, Team Imerman Angels participants raised over $320,000 and created over 900 connections between those impacted by cancer and a Mentor Angel. To learn more about the important work your efforts will support, click HERE.