ahh...Imerman Angels...my favorite. Jonny is the nicest guy you will ever meet. AND they have an amazing NPO that I wish existed when I was going through treatment. I recommend IA to everyone I know!!
I met Jonny Imerman five years ago, when he was finishing treatment and I was just beginning research for my book about 20 and 30-somethings living with cancer. Five years later, he has a one-of-a-kind, flourishing organization, which stands out among all the research I have done on groups working to connect cancer survivors. Here’s what I’ve learned: There are a lot of cancer organizations that have buddy programs that match up newbie patients with those of us who have been through the trenches already. Imerman Angels does it the best. Hands down. Why? They are not just database driven. The people who work at IA really take time to get to know the new cancer fighter and like a very, very good yenta, they make personalized matches that a computer alone could never just spit out. They don’t just take into account cancer type, stage, and your geography. Are you retired, working, in college, married, single, a parent? All of these things matter to them in finding someone who really gets your walk down the cancer trail. The result? Meaningful, strong, long lasting relationships between the fighter and the survivor. And it doesn’t just end there. They stay connected with you and want to know how you are doing well beyond your initial contact. Everyone who works at IA is a powerhouse of good intentions, hard work, and loads of caring and love. This is not your average non-profit organization. They stick to their mission, have grown over time and at a sensible pace, and stay focused on the main issues at hand: improving the lives of cancer patients through one-on-one support. They have also build an extremely large, active following of volunteers who love participating in making it all happen. If you want to be a part of a feel good organization, this is your place.