Updated: Feb 10, 2019
Each week kinda kind features a badass who is putting their passion to a purpose and doing something great for the world.
This week’s Kind Badass is Jonny Imerman: Founder & Chief Mission Officer of Imerman Angels, a nonprofit that provides free, 1:1 cancer support.
Imerman Angels was created on the belief that no one should have to face cancer alone and without the necessary support. It all began when Jonny was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 26. Throughout his experience, he was lucky enough to have a loving support system of family and friends, but had never met anyone his age who was a cancer survivor. He wanted to talk to someone just like him, someone who truly understood, and was intimately familiar with his experience and what he was going through. In short, he was looking for someone who had already faced the same type of cancer. This was the beginning of Jonny’s vision and in 2003, it became a reality when he founded Imerman Angels.
*editor's note: Jonny is an absolute joy. He's someone who reinstills your faith in humanity when you think things have gotten too dark. I met Jonny when I interned at Imerman Angels in 2007, and I have been so excited to have him as the Kind Badass of the Week. I've been saving him!
His answers are all so great, genuine and enthusiastic, I'm going to keep them word-for-word, caps and all :)
What is your passion?
My passion is to make the world a better place!! In particular, INSPIRING and MOTIVATING people with cancer to BEAT IT!!!
How are you putting your passion to a purpose?
I couldn't think of a better way to INSPIRE and MOTIVATE people fighting cancer than to INTRODUCE them to a survivor who already BEAT the same cancer!! EMPATHY is such a powerful INSPIRATION and emotional connector!!!
How did you get started?
Started by helping one person, one family,