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No one should have to fight cancer alone. That's the foundational belief of Imerman Angels, a Chicago-based, non-profit organization that partners current cancer patients with cancer survivors. At age 26, the organization's founder, Jonny Imerman, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Though he had a lot of support from his family, friends, and a shadow that never left his side, Jonny found that he wanted to talk to someone just like him—someone who understood the experience, and someone who had beaten it.
With that in mind, Jonny founded Imerman Angels in 2003. Through a meticulous screening and matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone seeking cancer support with a "Mentor Angel" who is the same age and gender, and who faced the same type of cancer. The organization's services are absolutely free, and they're powered by a growing number of events throughout the year, including annual parties, performances, seminars, 5Ks, and more.