Jonny Imerman of Imerman Angels


Save the date – Thursday, April 1.

Jonny Imerman of Imerman Angels, a non-profit that offers one-on-one cancer support, to host FOUNDERS FIRED UP at Barleycorn River North in Chicago (cash bar with free admission). Twelve guest speakers will grace the crowd with their presence as they unveil their secrets of how and why they started their own non-profit organizations all with one goal in mind – to help others. Guest speakers include Chicago Bear Israel Idonije plus three CNN Heroes. Bring your friends and find out how you can make a difference in someone’s life.

Speaking of helping others…

Jonny Imerman is an inspiration to each and every person he meets. Displaying a huge smile and ready to lend a helping hand, Mr. Imerman’s organization, Imerman Angels, has touched lives around the world. A two-time cancer survivor, Mr. Imerman founded Imerman Angels in 2005 and began working at it full-time in 2006. Now heading into its eighth year, the organization is hosting its first annual gala to be held on Saturday, September 28 at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Completing his MBA while fighting cancer, Mr. Imerman made a career change from the field of commercial real estate to working on his non-profit full-time, which also entailed a move from Michigan to Chicago. Imerman Angels grew and is still growing strong, having just hired a seventh employee and moving to a larger office; they connect people around the world. With a lot of help from friends, Imerman Angels receives the most funds from friends who run the Chicago Marathon and raise money. Then there are the big connections with cancer centers and LiveStrong, which has a link to Imerman Angels on its website.

How does Mr. Imerman feel about LiveStrong today? “LiveStrong is a movement; you have to separate Lance Armstrong from the organization,” he says. “LiveStrong, based in Austin, Texas, employs over 100 people. Their impact is felt around the world, helping thousands of people every year. Donations are up and the organization will continue forward. As long as cancer is around, so will LiveStrong be around. LiveStrong CEO Doug Ulman, a three-time cancer survivor, will most likely become the new face of the company. Imerman Angles has a strong connection with LiveStrong, being listed under the topics Get Help, One-on-One Support, and Partners.”

How does Mr. Imerman stay healthy? He’s been a vegan for the past two years and stays away from sugar, salt, oil and gluten. Mr. Imerman drinks water all day long. His favorite options for “eating out” include Protein Bar, Freshii, Karyn’s Cooked, and Whole Foods.

Coming in March…Eric Himel and Jonny Imerman will conduct their third makeover for a cancer patient and/or survivor, treating the client to a full-day of pampering from head to toe. Stay tuned.


About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.