Holiday Happiness

It’s that time of year for ME STRONG’s favorite contest, THE HOLIDAY HAPPINESS CONTEST. Friends and families of a loved one battling cancer are invited to share with us in 250 words or less how you would choose to use $500.00 to brighten the spirits of your loved one over the holiday season. Each year we are overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness of these heartfelt essays. We are pleased to announce the 2013 ME STRONG Holiday Happiness contest was able to donate close to $2,000.00 to brighten the holiday spirits of some brave individuals battling cancer. Entries for the 2014 contest may be submitted at and then click contact us. Last day to submit is Sunday, November 23. Winners will be announced. Wednesday November 26th.

ME STRONG is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting the friends, families and individuals battling cancer. ME STRONG began the fall of 2011 when a  group of four friends organized a 5k in honor of their close friend Linda Ryan. The summer of 2011, Linda had just completed her first marathon when a few weeks later she was diagnosed with recurring cervical cancer. It was Linda’s positive attitude and commitment to healthy living while battling cancer that inspired her friends to organize an event that reflected her strong spirit in faith, body, and mind.

The inaugural ME STRONG Linda’s Run for the Dream 5k took place on January 28, 2012 and was an overwhelming success. It was a beautiful day with close to 1,000 participants and thousands of dollars being raised to support individuals battling cancer.

Today Linda is healthy and is living with no evidence of cancer. On February 1, 2014 ME STRONG celebrated the Third Annual DeLand ME STRONG 5k. It was the largest 5k in Volusia County History with almost 1,800 participants and hundreds of volunteers and spectators.  More than $50,000 dollars was raised from our generous sponsors alone. 100% of race sponsorship donations is directly used to offer financial support to individuals battling cancer and to help find a cure by donating to cancer research

ME STRONG continues to grow  and host a variety of types of events across the country. The ME STRONG Community believes in spreading happiness by supporting individuals battling cancer through health, laughter and friendship.