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Imerman Angels Quarterly Newsletter Volume 1
 
  A Letter from Jonny Imerman
 
 

Hi everyone!  I wish each of you wellness and hope your day rocks!

I want to thank EACH of you for taking the time to SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT IMERMAN ANGELS and the importance of our mission!

5-Year Mission: Beginning January 1, 2013, every cancer fighter in the U.S. will have free access to a cancer survivor within 24 hours of being diagnosed.

With your help, our network has grown to over 1,600 cancer survivors STRONG! 

  Jonny Imerman
 

Imerman Angels is the largest and strongest network of survivors for 1-on-1 cancer support on the planet, to our knowledge.  Daily we provide connections for five, ten, or sometimes one dozen individual cancer fighters!  EVERYDAY! We are inspiring and encouraging these cancer fighters to keep fighting, and our growth rate is exciting!

I also want to thank the hospitals, oncology nurses, social workers, doctors, and cancer partners (ie. LIVESTRONG) for all their help! Their referrals are key to our success!

Please continue to spread the word about Imerman Angels, telling anyone and everyone you can, and we will continue to provide much needed assistance!  Please encourage both cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers to call us – we are here to help and make this cancer world a better place!

I wish each of you wellness, and happiness, and sincerely thank you
!

Jonny Imerman

 
News & Updates!
 
 
Stats
  • We currently have over 1,600 cancer survivors in network and we’re growing everyday!

  • In just one day, we recently connected 12 cancer fighters to 12 different survivors for 1-on-1 support!

  • Did you know? We have cancer survivors in all 50 states and all across the world. Just to name a few, we have survivors located in France, England, Scotland, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia!
 
 
 
Strategic Planning Committee
Cohesive Group Consulting
 
 
With the help of Cohesive Group Consulting, a local non-profit consulting group, Imerman Angels is currently undergoing strategic planning.  Since January 2009, 20 highly qualified and dedicated individuals have made a commitment to volunteer their time and expertise for a 6-month period to come up with a roadmap on how to accomplish our 2013 goal - anyone diagnosed with cancer in the United States will have free access to a survivor within 24-hours of being diagnosed.
 
 
 
Strategic Planning Committee
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New Business Manager
   

Life Beyond Cancer Retreat

Rynell had the good privilege to attend Life Beyond Cancer, a four-day retreat for women cancer survivors and oncology nurses focusing on the many components of advocacy and wellness through and beyond the cancer experience. While the retreat was an amazing experience, Rynell was able to meet other women who survived cancer and also spread the word about Imerman Angels. The retreat was held at the Miraval Resort in Tucson, AZ.
 
 
 
 
Ulman Cancer Fund For Young Adults  
Jonny was invited by Ulman Cancer Fund’s Executive Director, Brock Yates to visit their office in Baltimore, MD. While the Ulman Cancer Fund is a referral resource and an official partner of ours, Jonny had the opportunity to meet and speak to the entire office. Brock Yates, Elizabeth Saylor and Jonny also spent a day visiting patients and families at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. Thanks Ulman Cancer crew for making it such an amazing trip.
 
 
 
 
Austin Marathon  
Jonny and two active volunteers, Jacob Parks and Shilpa Anturkar flew down to Austin (one of Jonny’s favorite cities) to spread the word about Imerman Angels at the 2009 Austin Marathon. Jonny also had the opportunity to meet with Doug Ulman, CEO of LIVESTRONG and Heidi Adams, CEO and Founder of Planet Cancer – two amazing cancer organizations that everyone should know about.
 
 
 
 
Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer  
Jonny recently traveled down to Houston, TX to attend the 9th Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer which was presented by Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Susan G. Koman for the Cure and the Young Survivors Coalition. This conference is the only international event focused on the unique needs and issues faced by women diagnosed before age 45. Created by young women for young women and their caregivers, the conference has grown to one of the largest meetings in the world of women with a history of breast cancer!
 
 
Board Member Update
 
 

Brad Keywell
 
Brad Keywell

Imerman Angels is excited to announce the newest member of our Board of Directors, Brad Keywell, 38. Mr. Keywell is the Managing Partner of Meadow Lake Management LLC, an investment and advisory firm, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of MediaBank LLC, co-founder of Echo Global Logistics LLC, founder and Principal of ThePoint LLC. Mr. Keywell received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan School of Law (1993) and his Bachelors of Business Administration with honors from the University of Michigan (1991). He is a member of the State Bar of Illinois and the Michigan Bar Association.

 
 
 
 
   
Ryan Martin

Imerman Active Committee Co-Chair

Ryan Martin is the Imerman Active Committee Co-Chair. Mr. Martin currently works in sales at GE Capital. He is a graduate of Iowa State University. Mr. Martin has been very involved in the Chicago running community for the past 8 years doing everything from local 5-K's to the Ironman Triathlon. Mr. Martin has been actively involved with Imerman Angels and Imerman Active for over a year. As Imerman Active expanded, Mr. Martin eagerly volunteered his knowledge, skills, and passion to fill the Imerman Active co-chair position to facilitate the 2009 Imerman Angels Marathon team.

Ryan Martin
 
 
 
Events
 
 
Event Recap
  The Toy Drive was a huge success as a sold out event with over 700 people in attendance. Thank you to Le Passage, our generous sponsors and those who volunteered their time to make this event possible. We are very pleased that a portion of the proceeds raised allowed Imerman Angles to purchase a Wii Mobile Fun Station which will be dedicated to Children’s Memorial Hospital’s oncology ward to provide entertaining relief to children during their difficult hospital stays. We would like to thank cancer survivor, Katie Iannitelli Blossfield for speaking at the event by sharing her wonderful testimonial on how Imerman Angels helped to encourage and support her during her cancer journey.
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Event
Spring Fling Spring Fling - "Come ring in the first day of spring at one of Chicago’s best parties of the year!" March 20 | Enclave, 222 W. Chicago Ave. | 8-11pm | Open Bar & Appetizers from 8-10pm | $30 pre-sale & $40 at the door | Tickets available at www.imermanangels.org
 
Angel Allies
As a not-for-profit organization, Imerman Angels relies on philanthropic funding to enhance and expand its operations so that our services can remain absolutely free. Angel Allies are generous supporters who host independent, 3rd party fundraising events in order to raise necessary funds and spread our mission. Angel Allies play an important role in our success so we can continue extending our reach to make sure nobody faces cancer alone. In 2008, these independent events accounted for 23% of our overall funding. If you are interested in hosting a third party event please contact Laura Alexander.

We would like to thank these wonderful supporters for hosting such great third party events over the last few months:
  • Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge "VIP Party"
  • Alexander Lurie, The Chi Guide.com Launch Party
  • Nick and Taylor Freeman, Taylor Day’s Invite Unveiling Party
  • Jami Rothe and the American College of Physicians
  • Kerry Knee, Flirty Girl Fitness "Angels & Cupids Party"
 
Lucky

Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge and Imerman Angels Wants You To Make A Striking Difference!

Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge is extending their third party event promotion from their 1600 invited VIP guests to all of our IA supporters. Raise money for Imerman Angels while having fun at Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge between March 18 and April 25!  20% of your spend (food, drink, bowling and private parties) will be donated to Imerman Angels if you bring in the Striking a Difference flyer. Click here to download the flyer!  You MUST present this flyer for the donation to be credited.  Please tell your friends and family about this fun promotion.
 
 
 
 
Imerman Active
  Bank of AmericaShamrock Shuffle
Imerman Angels was once again chosen to be an official charity (post race party) of the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k on Sunday, March 29th. Imerman Angels will be providing over 150 volunteers to help facilitate post-race day activities. The Shamrock Shuffle is a marquee event in Chicago with over 35,000 runners lacing up their sneakers to run 8 kilometers through the streets of downtown Chicago. The race is also the kick-off to the running season in Chicago.

  Bank of AmericaShamrock Shuffle
Are you planning to run the 2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Do you have any friends or family who are planning to run? Come run with Imerman Angels! This will be our 3rd annual marathon team and our goal is to recruit 250 runners! Registration is now online and spots are filling up fast. Imerman Angels would like to extend a special THANK YOU to the Imerman Active Committee Co-Chairs, Ryan Martin and Aaron Wahls for their continued support and hard work! There will be an information meeting on March 31st 7-8pm at Lululemon Althletica – 900 North Michigan Ave, 3rd Floor

 
 
 
 
"When I began to reach out, my angel appeared to me as beacon of light on the horizon for hope; that not all was lost and it is possible to fight and survive this situation. It was a very invigorating and reassuring experience that I am sure will help carry the day going forward. I began my first round of 33 days straight of Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy. I am stronger to meet the challenge as a result of the support of family, friends and the Imerman Angels."
-Stephen Gorman,
Stage 4 Glioblastoma Cancer Fighter
   
 
Donor Spotlight
  Imerman Angels would like to extend a special thank you to Nike for their generous donation of $35k as they thrilled the crowd with the announcement at the Imerman Angels 3rd Annual Toy Drive held at Le Passage in December. Nike supported the Imerman Angels’ marathon team by providing each runner with a pair of the Nike+ Running Shoes, Nike+ Wristband, and running jerseys. Imerman Angels also participated in the Nike Charity Challenge and with the help of our marathon runners and other supporters, we were able to successfully log over 100,000 miles! Thanks for your continued support, Nike!  
www.imermanangels.org
 
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