imerman angels

It kind of bums me out that nobody told me what they visualize during the hard parts of a run!! Maybe you guys don’t visualize. Maybe I’m a freak.

With marathons being in the national spotlight this week, I want to remind folks that running isn’t always an entirely selfish sport. Sure we go out and we log long hours running solo to reach our goals. But many runners participating in these races are supporting a higher cause and running for charity, which is one more reason why marathons are awesome. 

This fall, I am running with team Imerman Angels in the Chicago Marathon.


Who are the Imerman Angels? From their website- Imerman Angels carefully matches a person touched by cancer with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel). Additionally, personalized matches are provided for cancer caregivers (family and friends of fighters) to benefit from other experienced caregivers. These relationships provide hope and comfort from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience. This personalized matching service is absolutely free and is available to anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world.

Their mission is to provide personalized connections that enable 1-on-1 support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers so that no one faces cancer alone.

Jonny Imerman, the founder, was diagnosed with cancer when he was 26. His experience lit a fire in him to help others and create the Imerman Angels organization. He was recognized as a CNN hero in 2012. Take a look at the video: here.


Imerman Angels is a Chicago-based organization. If anybody in the area is looking to get involved — or run the Chicago Marathon — they still have a couple spots left in the sold out race. Come run with us! The money that each participant raises to run the Chicago Marathon will fund three 1-on-1 personalized connections. That’s pretty great.

Anybody reading this running for charity? I’d love to hear about it!

Chicagoland is having horrific rain and flood warnings today. Back to the treadmill I go. Sad face. I hope you all are having a lovely Thursday. It’s a good day to make today a good day.

xo, lw



8 thoughts on “imerman angels

  1. That sounds like an amazing cause! I am running my first half marathon in May but plan many more in the future. I plan to run for a charity in the coming races as I think it’s too late now. I am thinking of running for St. Jude.

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