June 20, 2006
Summerbridge Breakthrough Alumni Network
In this issue
  • SBAN Member Profile - Archie McNealy
  • Club 12 Update

Dear SBAN Family,
Below is the courageous story of a SB/BT alumni who struggled through and overcame many challenges in his life.  He did not just survive through these experiences - he gained a rare fighting spirit and incredibly vibrant attitude in the process.  Fourteen years ago, Archie McNealy was inspired by the SB/BT spirit.  Today, his SB/BT family has helped support Archie through some of the most difficult times in his life.  Stories like Archie's are what makes keeping this SB/BT connection alive so important.  I hope that you are as touched by his story as I am.
All the Best, 




To introduce this month’s alumni profile we begin with the heading and opening paragraphs from the January 22, 2006 edition of the Miami Herald.


Sick body, STRONG WILL

25-year-old Archie McNealy has seen so many of his life's hopes dashed. Now he is determined to beat cancer so he'll live to have another shot at his dreams.


In 1999, Archie McNealy rode two buses and a train every day from his grandmother's apartment in an Overtown housing project to Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove. A long profile in The Miami Herald that year called his story ``a modern day Tale of Two Cities.''

He was a poor kid on scholarship at an elite private school, a senior determined to be the first in his family to go to college. He was, it seemed, living a Horatio Alger tale.

Seven years on, Archie's story is more ambiguous. He is a 25-year-old college dropout, a pawnbroker who used to go to work with a .45-caliber pistol tucked in his belt, and a cancer patient diagnosed at 23 with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Soon he will begin a potentially fatal combination of chemotherapy and blood-cell transplant.
"A lot of the things that I've wanted in my life -- they just haven't happened," he says.
Thanks to the leadership of John Flickinger, Executive Director of Summerbridge Miami, and the support and prayers of the Ransom Everglades and SB Miami communities, Archie was able to receive the support he needed.  Please, click here to read a special note from Archie to the Ransom Everglades alumni community that Archie wanted to share with the Summerbridge community as well.
Club 12 Updates
As members of SBAN we share our stories and ourselves with each other.  Archie’s story is one of the most touching I can ever remember hearing.  I’ve never met Archie, and I can imagine that many of you reading this E-Newsletter haven’t had the fortune to do so either, but he’s a member of SBAN.  He’s an email away; we’re all an email away from each other.  The best thing is that for many of us, some of the best times we’ve had were with SB/BT, and we all share that.
By supporting SBAN through Club 12 you’re supporting a close network of amazing people such as Archie, Tim, and yourself.  So by supporting SBAN we’re supporting each other, through the good times and the bad, and through the highs and the lows.  We’re all here for eachother.
Have a wonderful week,

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