ME STRONG; a rapidly growing charity committed to serving Central Floridians battling cancer and to funding groundbreaking research in pursuit of a cure.

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Founding Members

Linda Ryan
Linda Ryan
Barbara Underhill
Barbara Underhill
Kim Winters
Kim Winters
Kimberly Martin
Kimberly Martin
Kathy Guyer
Kathy Guyer

Our Story 

Who would have thought hearing the words “you have cancer” would change the destiny of five women and would impact a community for years to come. It was the summer of 2011 when the friends learned that Linda Ryan had recurrent cancer. Little did they know this frightening news would be the dawn of a charity named ME STRONG; a rapidly growing charity committed to serving Central Floridians battling cancer and to funding groundbreaking research in pursuit of a cure.

Before the conception of ME STRONG Barbara, Kim, Linda, Kathy, and Kimberly shared a close friendship that developed over 10 years while teaching and volunteering together at Saint Barnabas Episcopal School. Their common bond for appreciating laughter and being active was often shared off campus as they traveled together and participated in many community events. They embraced sharing good times and spreading happiness to all they encountered along their journey.

When Linda was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, the friends were determined to be a source of light during a dark time. They organized a 5k in honor of Linda who was an avid runner and had just completed her first marathon months before her diagnosis.

Their goal was to encourage their community to move and to commit to living a healthy lifestyle. Each of the friends brought their own gifts that were necessary hosting a successful event. Linda continued to run while she was undergoing chemotherapy as she felt it was important to send the message that a strong physical body created a strong mind.

The inaugural ME STRONG Linda’s Run for the Dream 5k took place on January 28th, 2012. Nearly one thousand runners and walkers flooded the streets of Historic Deland, Florida. Participants shared the dream of committing to healthy living all while raising money for our neighbors in need. The event was an overwhelming success and was recognized at the state level by the Florida Public Relations Association for hosting a successful community event on a minimum budget and receiving a maximum outcome.

The spring of 2012 the five friends were celebrating the success of the inaugural ME STRONG 5k and also rejoicing in the good news that Linda’s treatment was successful and her cancer was gone. It was then the five friends decided to take their mission to a larger stage. Today ME STRONG is a 501(c)(3) charity run by the volunteer efforts of the five friends.

The support for ME STRONG is swiftly growing with like-minded individuals who share the philosophy of battling cancer through health, laughter, and friendship.

The five ME STRONG founding members along with the support of some special volunteers host a variety of events in Central Florida to support the ME STRONG mission. Through a grant process, ME STRONG offers assistance to cancer patients treading to stay financially afloat while undergoing cancer treatment. What sets ME STRONG apart from many other cancer charities is that it is not disease, age, or gender specific. ME STRONG supports Central Floridians with all types of cancer including men, women and children. Tim Cook, CEO of Florida Hospital DeLand, shared these words, “Cancer patients find support through ME STRONG that would not otherwise be available to them. Florida Hospital is blessed to partner with ME STRONG to care for the cancer patients of our community.” In addition to offering financial support to individuals, ME STRONG also funds a generous research grant to the Society of Gynecologic Oncology each year in support of finding a cure.

The 3rd Annual ME STRONG 5k walk/run will be Saturday, September 26 2015.
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Linda Ryan

Barbara Underhill

Kim Winters

Kim Martin

Kathy Guyer

info@mestrong.net

lryan@mestrong.net

bunderhill@mestrong.net

kwinters@mestrong.net

kmartin@mestrong.net

kguyer@mestrong.net

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