I am running the NYC Marathon to raise awareness and to support a great charity -- Imerman Angels. Imerman Angels provided support to my daugher Adelaide during her battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). You can read all about Imerman Angels here: http://imermanangels.org. My goal is to raise $3000.00 plus awareness for this inspiring organization. One thing that many people might not realize is that the social and psychological effects of cancer on a child are just as difficult to overcome as the phyiscal ones. Imerman Angels helped Adelaide by pairing her up with a cancer survivor based on her unique personality and needs. It is not always enough for a child to hear from a parent or doctor that everything is going to be ok. Having a personal relationship with a cancer survivor provide by Imerman Angels,was a great resource for Adelaide during her journey.
For those of you that don't know Adelaide's story here's a short synopsis:
Back in 2014, Adelaide had pain in her knees the week before she was to begin 1st grade. An X-ray showed no damage to her knees but the doctors were suspicious. Soon a blood test led to the diagnosis of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). Adelaide was home schooled during first grade and part of second grade while undergoing extensive treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Thanks to all of the great doctors and support she received from family, friends and organizations like Imerman she made it through her journey stronger and just finished the third grade. Adelaide has been in remission for over two years and will be considered cured after five years being cancer free. Although not completely out of the woods, her life now is much like everyone else her age. I do belive that everything in life whether it be good or bad leaves it's mark on a person and shapes who they will become. As a result of her battle with cancer, Adelaide is a more resilient child than she was before her diagnosis and looks forward to growing up cancer free! Thanks for your support!
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