Jonny Imerman is an angel. As a two-time cancer survivor, his own story became his inspiration to help others. After beating testicular cancer at age 26 and being re-diagnosed at age 28, Jonny Imerman wanted to give back. He spent countless hours at the cancer center in Annapolis, Michigan giving advice and listening to cancer patients going through exactly what he did. Jonny thought every cancer patient could use an angel to be with them through their battle and started Imerman Angels, a one-on-one cancer support network connecting cancer survivors with cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Imerman Angels matches a person touched by cancer with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer.
When I met colon cancer patient Julie Solomon for this story we discovered right away that we live in the same building! She is finished with her cancer treatment and eager to get back to her interior design career; and I have a new friend. But when Julie turned to Imerman Angels midway through her battle it was because her friends and family were not enough. Julie and her Imerman Angel, Peggy Luckey, connected on a level many of us will never understand. Today they help each other through other life struggles now that cancer is behind them and together they will be Imerman Angels to other colon cancer patients for years to come.
The Imerman Angel service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world. Walking into the world headquarters of Imerman Angels you feel as though you are standing in the center of a beating heart. The people in the office are cancer survivors, they are gentle, kind and caring. Jonny Imerman is stacking up a network of survivors to be angels for those battling the disease. He is passionate about spreading the word and helping others and he is a beacon of hope to all.
This story touched me personally as I watched my big brother Pete battle a rare form of stomach cancer. He went through so much and I am sure he had questions that no one in the family could help with; and even though he lost his 17 month fight against the disease, he never lost hope. I know if Pete were here today he would be an Imerman Angel, but instead he is my angel.
If you need support, want to give support or to find out more about Imerman Angels go to: www.imermanangels.orgCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun