5k Run/Walk Training
Dates: October 20, 2014 – January 28, 2015
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 5:15- 6:15pm
Place: Earl Brown Park, DeLand, FL
Goal Race: ME STRONG on January 31, 2015
Q & A: Wednesday, October 15, 5: 15pm Room #2, Sanborn Center
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 5k was started by the friends of Linda Ryan, who, at 43, was diagnosed, for the third time with cancer. While Linda was battling cancer her friends were organizing a 5k in her honor. They chose a 5k because Linda was at the height of her fitness level, and had just run her first marathon at the time of her diagnosis. The goal was to encourage community members to exercise and commit to healthy lifestyles, as Linda believed her fitness level was playing a significant level in her battle. The first 2012 ME STRONG Linda’s Run for the Dream was an overwhelming success with hundreds of participants and thousands of dollars raised.
Just two months after the first ME STRONG event, Linda and friends were relieved to hear the news she no longer had evidence of cancer. It was the words “no evidence of disease” along with the overwhelming success of the first ME STRONG race that fueled the fire to make ME STRONG a 501c3 charitable organization that would support individuals in their battle against cancer and promote community members to commit to healthy living.