Imerman Angels spread hope to cancer patients
By Katherine Miller
CROWLEY - Johnny Imerman and Noel Freeland have one goal in mind, to reach out to people who are fighting cancer.
As cancer survivors themselves, the long time friends along with three other full-time employees maintain an organization founded by Imerman himself, called Imerman Angels.
“At age 26 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Not long after my last chemo session, I began visiting the hospital where I was treated seeking out those who were fighting,” Imerman expressed.
His positive attitude has implemented an organization that has become one of the largest networks in the country.
Imerman Angels is a non-profit organization that connects a person fighting cancer with someone who has beaten the same type of cancer.
The organization also connects caregivers with other caregivers as well as those who have lost a loved one to cancer. Each person is connected to someone who can help to meet their needs within 24 hours.
A few years after he founded the organization, the two became friends when Freeland, who hails from Crowley, moved to Chicago, Imerman’s hometown.
“In 2008 I found out that I had ovarian cancer,” Freeland stated. “I immediately called Johnny.”
Just three days after her last chemo treatment, Freeland had her first experience with Imerman Angels.
The two pointed out that current statistics show that 94 percent of those who are cancer survivors have said that having cancer was the most traumatic time in their lives.
Imerman’s Angels strive to “help cancer fighters by providing them with knowledge to help them regain confidence and to know that one day, they will cross the finish line.”
“With cancer rates on the rise, it is so important to spread awareness to people everywhere that they do not have to go through this alone,” Imerman stated.
The organization is currently looking for cancer survivors who would like to volunteer, especially those who may speak rare languages.
For more information about Imerman Angels, contact them online at www.imermanangels, or call 312-274-5529.