Volunteer Spotlight: Kelly Meyer
Kelly Meyer began her involvement with Komen Central Indiana 23 years ago as a Race for the Cure participant. She started volunteering regularly when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer 20 years ago. Kelly says this diagnosis inspired her to begin promoting Komen’s mission by spreading awareness about breast cancer.
Over her 23 years with Komen, Kelly has been a team captain for the Indianapolis Race. What started out as a five-member team has now grown to over 100 members! Kelly has been a member of the Pink Honor Roll, a list of the top 100 individual fundraisers, for the past 10 years. She has raised more than $60,000 over the past 14 years, and her team Faithful Friends has raised over $200,000! Faithful Friends remains one of the top three fundraising teams year after year.
Kelly’s involvement doesn’t end there; she has volunteered at various Komen Central Indiana events. She is a member of the MOD (Masters of Distribution) Squad, for the Indianapolis Race. Members of this volunteer group lend their time at packet pick-up, which takes place two days before the highly anticipated Race! Kelly has also volunteered by handing out Komen information at local-sporting events.
For the past four years, Kelly has volunteered at the Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank at Simon Cancer Center. She has also donated breast tissue at the center twice during collection events, helping researchers around the nation better understand breast cancer by studying healthy tissue. In 2010, Kelly earned the Outstanding Volunteer Award from Komen Central Indiana.
Kelly says her favorite event is Race for the Cure. She loves the Zumba warm-up with Cesar, as it kicks off the day and gets everyone in the party mood. Gathering with her team is another part of the day Kelly says she always looks forward to!
“It is a huge celebration of all of the men and women who have fought so hard to win this battle against cancer,” Kelly said. “It is a time to honor those who are still with us and those we have lost to breast cancer. It is also a time to celebrate all of the funds we have worked so hard to raise over the year.”
Kelly continues to volunteer because she is extremely passionate about finding the cures for breast cancer. She has lost friends to breast cancer and has many survivors in her life including her mother, her kindergarten teacher, and her two best friend’s mothers. Kelly wants to help find the cures so her children and their children won’t have to worry about this disease.
One of Kelly’s favorite memories over the years is walking with her family to celebrate her mother being a survivor! Another great memory for Kelly was when her former kindergarten teacher, who also taught Kelly’s daughter, joined Faithful Friends five years ago after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Kelly has helped motivate both her mother and the Meyers’ favorite kindergarten teacher to fundraise enough to be part of the Pink Honor Roll for the past several years!
For the 2017 Indianapolis Race, Kelly won the first team captain challenge for recruiting 21 people to her Race team in one week. It’s safe to say she is More Than Pink for her commitment to fighting breast cancer and making a real difference for Hoosiers!
From the whole Komen Central Indiana family, thank you for your contributions! You truly make a difference.