The mission of the L.Y.N. Fund (Love Your Neighbor) is to provide short term financial assistance to female cancer patients in Pinellas and Pasco County, Florida who are in active treatment and recovery. Many patients are out of work for six months or more. Helping these patients provides a sense of financial stability instead of worry, stress and anxiety, which can significantly hinder one’s healing process. Our goal is to assist patients in need to focus on healing and recovering, not on financial stresses of everyday living expenses.
How the Journey Began...
Founding members Winna Morrin, Erica Lynford and Joanne Krapf met because of Linda Tauber. Linda, Joanne's sister, was a resident of Palm Harbor, Florida. Linda was friends with Winna from their involvement with little league baseball, and with Erica when their daughters played softball together.
Thanksgiving, 2009, when Linda was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, the community of Palm Harbor gathered together to help her and her family. Winna organized a "Gift Card Tree", gathering gift cards donated by people all over Pinellas and Pasco county to give to their family.
When Linda lost her fight in September, 2010, we were all devastated. Linda's story, however, encouraged all of us to be more diligent with our mammograms and overall health. In April 2011, Winna was diagnosed with breast cancer. She credits Linda with being her guardian angel and prompting her to get checked. She caught it early and is now cancer free.
Before Winna started this foundation and these friendships, we had collectively raised over $100,000 for breast cancer charities, families and friends who have needed financial assistance due to a cancer diagnosis by planning fundraising events in our communities.
While Linda may have brought the founders together, there have been many more inspiring stories along the way. Today, The LYN fund continues to provide support - financial, community and day-to-day - to the patients who reach out looking for assistance. We continue to honor her memory and are guided by a a commitment to a simple mantra, "We Rise By Lifting Others".