Lindsey Rose Meyer was a Teen Institute participant in 1998, and a youth staff member in 1999 and 2000. A student at St. Mary High School in Rutherford, NJ, Lindsey was also the President of her school’s prevention group. Lindsey lived each day with the debilitating disease Cystic Fibrosis, which greatly affects the respiratory and digestive systems of the body. Lindsey never allowed her illness to stand in the way of what she wanted to achieve. In addition to her work with Teen Institute, Lindsey was well known for leading support groups during her numerous hospital stays, helping younger patients cope with their illness and learn from Lindsey’s experiences.

On February 8, 2001, Lindsey lost her long and fiercely fought battle with Cystic Fibrosis. In her life, Lindsey gave tirelessly to others and reminded everyone to look at life as a challenge to be embraced, not feared. Lindsey embodied the spirit of Teen Institute and laughingly taught others to not only take from life, but to also give back as much as possible.

It is in Lindsey’s memory that the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute was formed and we are honored to carry on Lindsey’s messages of strength, hope, passion, and laughter through LMTI.