Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, PA, is pleased to participate with Emily Austerberry in her bid to raise $3,000 as her entry fee to the New York City Marathon. Austerberry’s donation will benefit Imerman Angels, a non-profit organization that provides one on one cancer support.
“We are eager to support Emily in this important cause,” explained Jane Stahl, Studio B’s Director of Community Relations. “We all know and love family and friends who have needed support following a cancer diagnosis.”
“To assist Emily in her fundraising, there are a variety of opportunities,” Stahl said. “Folks can donate directly to her crowdfunding effort by following the link
“In another effort, art prints by the artist David Larson and the late Sue Weller are now available for purchase at Studio B. Sue’s print features historic Boyertown; Dave’s prints showcase Boyertown in winter and in summer. Proceeds from the sales of the prints through October 27, 2017, will be awarded to Emily’s cause,” added Stahl.
“In addition, a special pop up exhibit featuring the fine art and craft created by the area’s cancer survivors and caregivers will be held during Pickfest in Boyertown on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, 2017 at Studio B. Proceeds from the sales will be added to Emily’s fundraising effort,” explained Stahl.
Artists or caregivers interested in contributing artwork for the exhibit are encouraged to contact Austerberry: [email protected].
Austerberry’s involvement with Imerman Angels developed from her assorted experiences. “At a time in someone’s life when they feel alone and may have questions that not everyone can relate to, Imerman Angels will provide an ‘angel’—someone of the same age and gender who has previously experienced the same cancer diagnosis—to answer any questions and provide unlimited amounts of support and reassurance,” she explained.
“With no thoughts of fundraising in mind, I had originally planned to run the NYC marathon in 2018 by completing the NYRR 9+1 program, a New York Road Runners organization/ run group that allows runners to run 9 races and volunteer in 1 for a chance to enter the NYC Marathon,” Austerberry continued. “But I met Austin Deer, an Imerman Angels board member, who shared the goals and missions of Imerman Angels in their quest to help cancer fighters and caregivers.”
“I felt an immediate connection since my mother survived breast cancer twice, skin cancer, and thyroid cancer. I witnessed her struggles each time she was diagnosed. She did not have someone that she could talk to or who could relate to what she was experiencing, and I know that she would have really benefitted from an organization like Imerman Angels. So when Austin mentioned the NYC Marathon as an opportunity to help the cause, I was ‘in’. Imerman Angels is an amazing cause, and I wouldn’t want to run my first marathon any other way,” she concluded.
Austerberry is a 2010 graduate of Boyertown High School where she participated in soccer, lacrosse, and winter track and earned a scholarship to play Division 1 lacrosse at Old Dominion University. She earned a B.S in biology at Old Dominion and served as captain of the lacrosse team during her senior year and was named MVP.
She earned her graduate degree in Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences from Hunter College—CUNY School of Public Health and is currently employed with Langan Engineering, Environmental, Surveying and Landscape Architecture, DPC as a staff scientist at the New York office.
Austerberry’s training includes building up distance by running half-marathons. Her longest training run will be 20 miles scheduled for October. “My goal at the moment is to increase my total miles each week but not too quickly to avoid injury,” she shared. “People can follow my journey by signing onto my crowdrise page.”
“I’ve always wanted to run a marathon. New York in particular holds a special place in my heart because I currently live in Brooklyn and enjoy everything the city has to offer, so running through the streets with hundreds and thousands of other people through all 5 boroughs is a dream,” she concluded.
With questions or an interest in being involved with Imerman Angels, contact Emily Austerberry at [email protected]. To donate directly to her crowdfunding effort follow the link: