Tiny Twister Spotlight:Jonny Imerman, Founder of Imerman’s Angels

In the last year I have met some extraordinary Cancer survivors that all have their own unique “Twist on Cancer”.  Jonny Imerman is one of the most charismatic, dynamic, and inspirational survivors I have had the privilege of befriending.

Jonny is a 2x cancer survivor who started Imerman’s Angels, an organization that carefully matches a person touched by cancer (a cancer fighter or survivor) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel). Cancer caregivers, such as spouses, parents, children, and friends, can also benefit from one-on-one connections with other caregivers and survivors. The service is free and available to anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any stage, any age, living anywhere in the world.

Pretty remarkable right?

Jonny is a force to be reckoned with! He has created a unique support system for survivors, caregivers and friends. He also has drawn considerable attention to the importance of devoting significant resources to delivering psychosocial support to those in need.

Jonny Imerman, not only showed me how to fight, but he has shown me how to live.  Jonny was at Hotel Prentice for the delivery of my first round of chemotherapy and he was there to celebrate with me as I was disconnected from the pump this past May. Jonny is not only my mentor and role model he is also a dear friend.

Check out Jonny’s “Twist on Cancer“.

My name is Jonny, I am a 2x young adult testicular cancer survivor and my TOC is a challenge that EACH and EVERY cancer survivor looks at their cancer experience with a TWIST 😉  What that means is that EACH one of us has lived through cancer, experienced the highs and lows, knows the good and the bad, the hard and the good days – and through this experience we have learned the system and discovered the cracks.  And there are always cracks.  We survivors need to view the system “with a twist,” isolate the cracks in the system, then DO something to fill these cracks and make the system better for those who fight after us!  Only then… ONLY THEN – will we make this cancer world a better place!  Who better than us to improve the system!!  It’s our duty- our obligation- our purpose.   That’s my twist 🙂  And I’m excited to befriend and work with SO many amazing survivors to get the job done!

To learn more about Imerman’s Angels

Jonny Imerman
Testicular Cancer Survivor (2x)IMERMAN ANGELS – Chief Mission Officer
1-on-1 Cancer SupportArm of Lance Armstrong F. / LIVESTRONG
O:  (312)  274-5529
400 W. Erie Street, Suite #405
Chicago, IL 60654

Here’s My Twist On Cancer- Now What’s Yours?

Everyone is touched by Cancer.

And everyone has their own “Twist on Cancer (TM)”.

How you choose to fight this disease and support others that are affected by it- is completely up to you.

I chose to fight Cancer with the Twist.

As the disease tried to rob me of my spirit, I chose to Twist my way through the disease.

So what does it mean to “Twist out Cancer” (TM)?

Throughout my journey as I documented my journey through my blog, I realized the critical importance of movement during a time when I felt trapped and betrayed by my body.  During the days when I was immuno-suppressed and unable to live in outside world, I danced alone in my room, dreaming about what it would be like to be joined on the dance floor by my family and friends.

As the moments, days, and months wore on- the lonliness and isolation worsened. While I was increasingly disconnected from the world around me- I was determined to figure out a way to bring the people I cared about most into my world.

I decided to put out a challenge.

I asked my family, friends, and loved ones to twist for me.

While I was unable to physically do the running man, or the electric slide, I could do the Twist. I figured if I could do the Twist with poison running through my veins, those I cared about could do it too.

And so we twisted.

Within a few days I had countless videos from tiny twisters around the world- who were determined to Twist out Cancer.

And this is how the movement was born!

twisted in order to reconnect with a body I no longer understood.

twisted in order to raise awareness about my disease.

twisted to give others hope that were fighting.

continue to twist because I can, because I should, and because I must.

I hope you will join me.

I want to know your “Twist on Cancer”. I want to know how you are embracing this experience and making it your own. Together our stories, our “Twists on Cancer” will help support those that need it most, and enable us to pay it forward.

If you are interested in sharing your “Twist On Cancer” through writing, audio or video- please email Jenna at Jenna@twistoutcancer.org

Here’s My Twist On Cancer- Now What’s Yours?

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