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Imerman Angels Fight Cancer in Chicago Cancer is no joke, and the path to tackling this disease can be difficult and lonely. Therefore, in an organization in Chicago has made it its mission to eliminate the isolation that this illness can bring by bringing people together. Imerman Angels was founded in 2006 by Jonny Imerman after he endured his battle with cancer. He saw how it helped to have a support system through his journey in fighting the illness and wanted to give others the same support that he had.
"Don't Tell Me Twice": Chapter Thirteen
Ziggy put away her guitar and slung her guitar case over her shoulder. The band had gotten a lot accomplished, and they were only one song away from releasing their promotional CD. Ziggy wandered out of the recording booth and over to a nearby wall to wait for Buck. She needed a second to herself to clear her head before spending her night helping the other woman devise a plan to win back Olive.
"Don't Tell Me Twice": Chapter Twelve
Buck walked into the studio, juggling her hot coffee between sips. It had been a long night, and though she was tired, she knew that time recording was just what she needed. Seeing Olive last night had devastated her and left her with many unanswered questions. Olive was not the same woman that she once knew, and at this point, she realized that there was no way to turn back time to the way that things were before the other woman had left. Olive had changed, and the part of her heart that had once bonded with the other woman was broken.
"Don't Tell Me Twice" Chapter Eleven
“Hey, can you pour me a beer?” Buck asked a skinny woman that stood in front of a nearby keg. Finding out that Ziggy and Viola were related had come as a shock to her, and she wanted to find Spike and Jemma so that she could talk to them about her newfound knowledge.
"Don't Tell Me Twice" Chapter Ten
“So, this is what you do for entertainment around here, huh?” Ziggy inquired, looking around. There was over a hundred people in front of her, clustered in a space around a large barn. A bonfire blazed in the middle of the crowd, and there were a dozen of people sitting on the backs of pickup trucks, taking shots, conversing, and just having fun. The sky was clear, allowing the moonlight to glisten over a small, nearby pond in the distance, and the music and lights that were coming from inside the large barn made it known that someone had transformed the area into their own make-shift stage. “These are all band members?” Ziggy asked, looking back at Spike. The other woman had told her earlier about the hidden music scene, but she had been hesitant to accept the truth in what she said.
Don't Tell Me Twice: Chapter Nine
Buck sat in her hotel room, watching television. She had a long day recording and her nerves were completely shot after meeting the newest member of their band. Buck had been hopeful. She had trusted Spike and Jemma to make a good choice, but hiring Ziggy seemed like a mistake. The other woman was cocky and disrespectful. It seemed like all that Ziggy wanted to do was step on Buck’s feet, and Buck hated that the other band members thought so well of the other woman.
Don't Tell Me Twice: Chapter Eight
Ziggy walked into the glamorous studio, eyeing the gorgeous designer furniture and coffee station. The whole room was highlighted with window walls that looked out into a city filled with sunshine and palm trees, and the woman behind the reception desk were dressed nothing less than professionally.
Don't Tell Me Twice: Chapter Seven
Buck sat in her parent’s guest room, writing up a storm. She had been able to clear her mind over the last week, and she finally was feeling more like herself. Being around her family had brought her a sense of comfort, and even though her sister and mom annoyed her by bringing up the stories about Olive in the tabloids, she enjoyed the time that she got to spend with them. Buck also liked having Jim and Stacey so close. She hadn’t got to see them as much as she would have wanted since she was constantly on tour, and she had missed their conversations, forgetting how easy it was to talk to them. Buck knew that she was going to have to leave soon, so she had been trying to spend as much time with her friends and family as she could.
Don't Tell Me Twice: Chapter Six
Ziggy stood in the sound booth, looking at the members of Jems and Jamz through the thick glass. She hadn’t expected to get called up for an audition, and even after sending her audition CD, she hadn’t expected the band to want her to do a live audition. Ziggy had contacted other bands in the past, only to find out that they had found someone else before she could even send a sample in, and she had ended up feeling disappointed. But now there was a band that thought that she was good enough to play, and she wanted to show them that they were right. Ziggy took a deep breath and began to strum her guitar to “In Your Eyes”, one of the group’s more popular songs. She could feel her nerves dissipate as she continued to play, and without noticing it, she was singing into the microphone while she played.
Don't Tell Me Twice: Chapter Five
Buck got off the plane and walked into the terminal, feeling a sense of comfort as Jim led them to the airport doors. In a matter of minutes, she would be back in the neighborhood that she grew up in, hugging her parents and reminiscing about all the memories she had before she made it big. It was nice to feel like she was part of something, to feel like she belonged. She hadn’t felt this excited for a while now, and she was ready to embrace the love of those that had helped her get to where she was today.
Don't Tell Me Twice: Chapter Four
Buck woke up, slobber matted across her hair and face. She looked at the walls of her empty bedroom and noticed how vacant the room felt without Olive’s presence. She had bought the house, so they had their own place to go back to between the tours and concerts. Eventually, she had figured that they would settle down and have a family of their own. She had spent many nights daydreaming of their happy life and the beautiful things that their future would bring, but now, everything had changed. Olive was gone, and Buck felt like her future plans had left with her.
Don't Tell Me Twice: Chapter Three
“You spend half of your life thinking you’re Superman and the other half realizing that you’re not invincible,” Ziggy Johnson said to herself as she looked at the crumpled flyer in her hand. Jems and Jamz were holding auditions for a lead guitarist, and she had told herself this year she would start fulfilling her dreams. Her friends had always had a ton of plans for themselves, like falling in love, getting married, and having children, but she was ready for any of that anymore.