Imerman Angels’ mission is to provide comfort and understanding for all cancer fighters, survivors, previvors and caregivers through a personalized, one-on-one connection with someone who has been there.
What We Do
Through its unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone seeking cancer support with someone just like them – a “Mentor Angel”. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor, previvor or caregiver who is the same age, same gender, and most importantly who has faced the same type of cancer.
The service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage, at any age, living anywhere in the world.
These one-on-one relationships give a cancer fighter or caregiver the chance to ask personal questions and get support from someone who has been there before. Mentor Angels can lend support and empathy and help cancer fighters, previvors and caregivers navigate the system, determine their options and create their own support systems. Frequently, caregivers experience feelings similar to those of the person facing cancer. Mentor Angels can relate while being sensitive to the experience and situation.
Imerman Angels' Commitment to DEI
Background: We believe that in order to meaningfully address cancer support, we must understand and bridge gaps in access to care and resources. We recognize that although cancer does not discriminate in the lives it impacts, inequalities in our healthcare system and social institutions create barriers in the way cancer support is accessed and cancer is prevented, diagnosed and treated. Education, empathy, and community building are paramount to providing inclusive and equitable cancer support for all. To address the needs of our community, our staff, Boards, and volunteers will continue to respond, reflect and advance inclusivity and equity in our people and culture. Imerman Angels will work to create meaningful partnerships and make our service more inclusive to all.
DEI Mission: Imerman Angels is dedicated to building inclusive and safe spaces for those seeking cancer support. As allies to al impacted by cancer, we are committed to leveraging our resources to reach those isolated by the healthcare system by providing a welcoming and impactful peer-to-peer cancer support experience.
DEI Vision Statement: Creating intentional and equity-minded peer-led cancer support for all.
At 26 years old, living in Michigan, Jonny Imerman was diagnosed with testicular cancer. As he began his fight against the disease, love and support poured in from friends and family. But what was missing was someone who had been there before. Jonny didn’t know anyone his age with cancer. He had questions about his love life and his financial future. Even seemingly simple questions like what he could eat during chemo, or whether he’d ever get his energy back, were things no one in his life could answer. In the years after, Jonny Imerman and a group of fellow young survivors co-founded Imerman Angels: A peer-to-peer support community that connects cancer fighters, survivors, previvors, and caregivers with their own personal cancer confidant.
Since 2006, Imerman Angels has made more than 34,000 matches in more than 110 countries and facilitated endless, honest conversations about cancer.
To learn more about Imerman Angels, check out our website HERE.