Angel among us: The story of #TeamMeg

By: Abby Walton | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 29, 2017

MAYO, Fla. (WCTV) -- On October 13, 2016, Megan Zipperer went live on Facebook.

"We had our scan today and it's now in my stomach and my lungs and best case scenario we have a year. It's looking like six months to a year," she said.

Megan wanted to let her extended friends and family know the cervical cancer she thought was gone was now back with a vengeance.

"I just think the biggest thing is that headline. I'm 25 and I have cancer,” Megan said.

What Megan never imagined was that video going viral.

People viewed that video around a million times and shared it more than 7,000 times.

Megan’s story will restore your faith that positive things can come from social media.

Thousands of people from around the world, rallying around this young North Florida wife and mother of three.

The group formed a movement known as #TeamMeg. That simple video caught the eye of Sarah Sims.

Sims said she didn’t realize that by watching it would change her life.

"She was so positive and upbeat. I went through a bout of depression where I didn't know which way I was going to go,” Sims explained.

Like Megan, this Tallahassee wife and mother of three also receiving a devastating diagnosis.

At 25, Sarah learned she had idiopathic intracranial hypertension, an incurable brain disease.

"She literally gave me courage to do what I'm doing to bring awareness to my own condition.”

Sarah said she started her own blog after hearing Megan’s extreme honesty in her live videos.

With each live post, Megan shared the harsh reality of what it’s like being 25, a wife, a mother of a six, four and two-year old and learning you have one year to live.

Even in her rawest moments, Team Meg followers posting their amazement at her unwavering faith.

Megan used this worldwide platform to show that not even cancer could take this Southern girl’s shine.

With her Steel Magnolia spark and Disney princess looks, Megan turned thousands of strangers into family.

"I can just hear her just squealing ‘Oh my gosh! Australia, New Zealand,
Paris,’ she was just so taken away that so many people were watching the videos," Megan’s Nana, Brenda Miller said.

Six weeks after posting her “25 and Cancer” video, Megan’s body could no longer fight.

She passed away November 29, 2016.

"She kept saying on her videos, and telling us, ‘This is going be huge and this is going be big.’ She just didn't know how big it was going to be," Megan’s mother, Amy Alvarez said.

A year later, Megan’s story is very much alive.

Her mother said she receives hundreds of posts daily on the Team Meg page.

"If this is what her death did, is help other women around the world, I can find a little peace,” Amy said.

Women, like Lauren Schmidt from Missouri.

Lauren said Megan’s videos saved her life.

"She's the one that made me pick up that phone and call and make that appointment,” Lauren said.

The wife and mother’s PAP results showing precancerous cells.

All were removed.

"He told me if I would've waited a few more years that could've been full blown cancer,” Lauren said.

Today, more than 100,000 people follow Team Meg.

Many, now scrolling to see Amy’s updates including news on the local chapter of the National Cervical Cancer Coalition started in Megan’s name.

"This chapter is my baby. It's what makes me feel like I'm with her,” Amy said.

Megan’s family are now the ones continuing her fight.

By hitting “live” on Facebook, Megan created a movement.

It’s now a lasting legacy, providing a community where no one has to fight alone.

For more information about Team Meg and their fight against cervical cancer, visit their Facebook page.