Amazon Heart was founded by two young women diagnosed with breast cancer in their early thirties: Meredith Campbell and Megan Dwyer.
Meredith Dwyer, BA, FFIA, CFRE
Meredith Dwyer was a 33 year-old champion sailor, internationally recognized charity marketing professional and mother of one when diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. Over the next 10 months, she battled not only the mental and physical effects of surgery, two rounds of chemotherapy plus radiation treatment, but also continued sailing, working and traveling the globe.
For over 20 years, Meredith has been a leading professional in marketing and fundraising in the non-profit sector in Australia.
In addition to her marketing expertise, Meredith has extensive experience in the establishment of innovative, community based social change programs, including the use of emerging technologies such as the internet to establish world first web-based counseling programs.
Meredith brought her unique experience in counseling and coping strategies through the non-profit organizations she has worked with throughout her career to Amazon Heart.
Her work at the Queensland Cancer Fund gave her extensive exposure to issues related to counseling and dealing with cancer. This exposure was further expanded at Kids Help Line, Australia’s largest counseling service for children, and a world pioneer in the use of the Internet and email for counseling support.
Megan Dwyer, P.E.
In June 2002, just weeks after launching a new career as a real estate agent, Megan Dwyer was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35.
Prior to her diagnosis, Megan had combined successful careers in structural engineering, marketing, business and life coaching with amateur competition in water polo and triathlons. Her background as an athlete and in coaching was invaluable in plotting a course through surgery and four months of chemotherapy.
Megan is a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project LEAD training for breast cancer advocates, volunteers as a peer support counselor for the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Hotline, serves on the board of advisors and as a mentor to the Young Survival Coalition Point of Contact program, represents Amazon Heart as a board member organization of the California Breast Cancer Organizations, and is an NBCC 2006 Team Lead.
Megan brought to Amazon Heart her incredible passion for empowering women and her commitment to cause positive change in the world.