We are about creating opportunities to connect through our local HealingStrong™ groups – ending isolation, building community, and offering holistic solutions that empower you to heal and stay strong.


Mission Statement: Our mission is to connect, support, and educate individuals facing cancer and other diseases with holistic, evidence-based, non-toxic therapies through empowering community groups.

Purpose: To create community, encourage education, and explore holistic methods for healing and staying strong.  We are a faith-based community and desire to offer solutions that help individuals heal body, soul and spirit. Healing is a very personal faith journey, and true healing leads to wholeness. Learning to listen and respond to the voice of God through His word is essential.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans:10:17  

What: HealingStrong groups are free to the public, led by a network of individuals who volunteer their own personal time and talents to share information about nourishing foods, nutrients, supplementation, detoxification, emotional and spiritual health. Who: HealingStrong is anchored by a very small staff, and a dedicated team of servant volunteers including Board Members, Advisory Team Members, and Regional Group Leaders supporting a network of volunteer thrivers, practitioners and caregivers who lead HealingStrong Groups. If you are interested in knowing more about what HealingStrong teaches, you can download a copy of the HealingStrong Participant Guide with your membership.
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Suzy Griswold, Founder of HealingStrong discusses the organization and personal healing principles with stage 4 breast cancer thriver and Thrive Beyond Cancer’s Host, Tekquiree Spencer.

Our vision to impact change is achievable when we work together for a common goal.  Over the years, HealingStrong has brought together some of the most committed pioneers in natural health to share a message of hope and healing. We are a grassroots change-agent of community groups empowered by volunteers all around the world.

With more then 1,000 people meeting each month in HealingStrong Groups, our vision today is exponential growth of this network of true heroes, stepping out in faith, sharing their stories of hope and healing with others in their community.  Join us today!

“‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” – Zechariah 4:6


Lack of information and personal isolation

HealingStrong equips individuals with tools to educate their community about holistic non-toxic solutions that have helped thousands of people recover from advanced disease. We believe that healing happens best in circles of support.

Anything that promotes a sense of isolation often leads to illness and suffering, while that which promotes a sense of love and intimacy, connection and community, is healing. –  Dr. Dean Ornish

Lack of information and personal isolation

HealingStrong equips individuals with tools to educate their community about holistic non-toxic solutions that have helped thousands of people recover from advanced disease. We believe that healing happens best in circles of support.

Anything that promotes a sense of isolation often leads to illness and suffering, while that which promotes a sense of love and intimacy, connection and community, is healing. –  Dr. Dean Ornish

Meetings generally meet once or twice a month

Our group meetings vary and generally meet once or twice a month. Contact the group leader on the map page for details of their local community group meetings.

Groups mostly take place in the United States and Canada, and other international countries Groups take place mostly in the United States and Canada, with some international groups now forming. Host sites include coffee shops, juice bars, libraries, churches, or civic centers. Our meetings are independent groups and are not affiliated with the location. Search our directory for a group in your area.

Comprehensive education and valuable resources

We equip and empower local patient to patient HealingStrong Groups with comprehensive holistic education, curriculum and modules, leader training and resources that address the body, soul and spirit. HealingStrong Conferences and Groups provide a platform for learning, sharing and encouraging one another to stay the course, never give up and know there is always hope.

HealingStrong Participant Guide


An essential guide for all HealingStrong participants!

A Holistic Resource with over 150+ pages of lessons on diet, supplementation, detoxification, exercise, emotional healing, recipe and affirmation cards, and important links to helpful resources.

Whether you attend our group meetings, or you are wanting a self-study support tool, this is an excellent resource. Download it today!



Suzy Griswold, MPH
Founder and Executive Director
Jeff Griswold
Board of Directors
Billy Echols
Board of Directors, Vice President
Kathy Everett
Board of Directors - Secretary, HealingStrong@Home Mentor
Dean Sileo
Board of Directors, Group Leader
Christine Holcomb, M.FIN
Board of Directors, Treasurer


Joy Moleta
Web Design and Developer
Sarah Hilburn
Daya Lewis
Special Projects
Emily Everett
Executive Assistant
Maren Pellegrino
Prayer Team Membership and Merchandise Liaison


Brook Thornton
Regional Leader - South Atlantic
Lynn Kearns, RN, MS
Advisory Team, Group Mentor
Cheryl Parker, RN, MSN, CNOR
Advisory Team
Kevin Campbell
Advisory Team, Creative Consultant
Gayle Young, NMP, QRA, JD
Advisory Team, Prayer Team Coordinator
Ivy Valenzuela, PHD, MPH, BSN
Advisory Team, Group Mentor (Spanish Groups)
Angie McKinney, J.D.
Advisory Team, Legal Counsel
Sarah Ann Cooper
Advisory Team
Colette Moser
Regional Leader - West
Mary Ryder
Regional Leader - East & West South Central
Cortney Campbell
Advisory Team
Tiah Tomlin, MS
Advisory Team
Janet Everhart
Regional Leader - Midwest
Ken Robbins
Advisory Team, Marketing
Pierre Masse
Advisory Team, Group Mentor: Canada
Donna Brady
Group Leader, Advisory Team
Lajuana Rich
Prayer Team
Cheryl Collins
HEAL Bible Study
Sarah Masse
Prayer Team
Wendy Hood
Advisory Team


We have learned that our doctors are limited by the American Medical Association and Federal Drug Administration of what they can do to treat cancer. As a matter of fact, treatment of cancer in the U.S. by medical doctors is accomplished in one of three ways: surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. Anything else may be subject to a lawsuit and even loss of license. So, we first want to say – our goal is not to put down the medical establishment. No. Many medical conditions which would have been a death sentence 50 years ago are now easily cured with the advancements in medicine. However, while these advancements have made significant impact on other diseases and health problems, cancer is different. We are here to tell you what we have learned in our own journey to healing that was not readily available to us in our doctor’s offices. We want you to be empowered when you are making decisions about how best to treat YOUR body. HealingStrong™ is not licensed to provide medical advice, nor should it be a substitute for medical advice. This site is an education and learning site only. The information presented has not been approved by the FDA, AMA or any Federal or State agency. While you should consult a licensed, qualified medical physician for any issues concerning your health, we encourage you to also be a well-informed self advocate. In the end, the route you choose to heal is your choice. Heal strong!

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We will approve link requests from these organizations if we determine that: (a) the link would not reflect unfavorably on us or our affiliates; (b)the organization does not have an unsatisfactory record with us; (c) the benefit to us from the visibility associated with the hyperlink outweighs the absence of ; and (d) where the link is in the context of general resource information or is otherwise consistent with editorial content in a newsletter or similar product furthering the mission of the organization.

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Without prior approval and express written permission, you may not create frames around our Web pages or use other techniques that alter in any way the visual presentation or appearance of our Web site. Reservation of Rights We reserve the right at any time and in its sole discretion to request that you remove all links or any particular link to our Web site. You agree to immediately remove all links to our Web site upon such request. We also reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions and its linking policy at any time. By continuing to link to our Web site, you agree to be bound to and abide by these linking terms and conditions.

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HealingStrong is not licensed to provide medical advice, nor should it be a substitute for medical advice. This site is an education and learning site only. The information presented has not been approved by the FDA, AMA or any Federal or State agency. While you should consult a licensed, qualified medical physician for any issues concerning your health, we encourage you to also be a well-informed self advocate.

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Suzy has served in various roles in education and community health for 30 years. In 2009, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Her personal family losses coupled with extensive research and prayer led her to choose a holistic approach inspired by Dr. Max Gerson. Her vision for HealingStrong started out of a desire to connect to life giving hope and empower patients with healing truths.

Jeff Griswold is married to Suzy and has served HealingStrong since day 1. You will often find him behind the scenes preparing videos or directoring the conferences. Married for 31+ years, he loves all things soccer, and being Dad to their two adult sons. Jeff’s passion is getting the stories of hope into the hands of those who need it most.

Billy developed a passion for natural remedies in treating cancer after he lost his youngest daughter to cancer, following conventional treatment of less than a year. His search for more information and ways to help others suffering with cancer lead him to HealingStrong. Billy’s greatest joy is when people realize cancer does not have to be a death sentence and conventional treatments are not the only option.

After seeing many loved ones suffer and eventually pass away from conventional cancer treatment, Kathy, a certified holistic nutritional counselor began learning more about non-toxic cancer therapies. She now teaches natural health classes and has also created a natural and non­toxic skin and hair care line called Radiant Essentials.

Dean began his journey into a healthy lifestyle when a naturopathic doctor helped him heal a skin issue, lose weight and in turn stirred a passion to learn more and to help others who want to do the same. A friend suggested he start by helping lead a HealingStrong group in his hometown, and the rest is history. Dean has been on an amazing journey and has recently been certified with Dr. Darryl Wolfe, Doc of Detox.

Diagnosed in 2011 with breast cancer, Christine decided against chemotherapy and instead chose to support her immune system with raw foods, supplementation, and detoxification. In 2013, she attended the first HealingStrong Conference and realized then the importance of continuing face to face support. This led her to start the first group in Gainesville, GA.

Joy serves as our go-to person for the technical and design aspect of our website needs. She believes in the mission of HealingStrong and takes pride in being a part of such a wonderful organization. Joy lives in Hawaii with her husband, their two children and a few fur babies.

Sarah strongly believes in a healthy and active lifestyle. After suffering for years with food sensitivities and skin irritations, she’s adapted a cleaner diet and is more cautious about what goes in and on her body. She has recently gone back to school to finish her Business degree.

Daya was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 3C on Feb 2016. She decided to follow her heart by taking a step of faith: saying no to standard of care and embracing holistic treatments. Daya found a local HealingStrong group meeting in 2018 and immediately got involved. She has joined the team and is excited to use her experience as a cancer thriver to help others. Daya is originally from Brazil. She is married and has two beautiful kids.

Emily’s number one passion is to help people communicate effectively and process their emotions. She loves to cook, especially vegetarian food, having watched her mother Kathy (Board of Directors for HealingStrong) and learn all about alternative health and holistic nutrition. You can find her walking the North GA trails with her dog, Jemma, or talking with friends over a cup of coffee. Emily is also studying to become a Physical Therapy Assistant so she can further her passion of helping others be well.

Maren serves as our Administrative Assistant for HealingStrong. She is a wife and mother to 5 children (2 of her own and 3 foster children). Maren’s passion is building relationships and she spends much of her time helping support group leaders. Leading the Inner Circle Prayer Team, Maren’s desire is that HealingStrong will help bring hope and healing to people.

I learned about HealingStrong while sitting in chemo with my dad and brother-in-law three years ago. There was not a group in VA, and I started the first one here. I have 3 adult children (and one son in law!) and a husband of almost 30 years. I understand the different roles that people coming to the group have because I also deal with chronic autoimmune disease and have had cancer scares. I am a researcher and have been studying nutrition and natural health for over 20 yrs and that’s one of the things I LOVE that HealingStrong is open to everyone who wants to learn!

After a breast cancer diagnosis, lumpectomy, and a brief stint with radiation treatment, Lynn, a registered nurse and yoga teacher, refused recommended chemotherapy and adjuvant hormonal therapy and instead utilized natural cancer therapies and diet change to heal successfully. She attended the first HealingStrong conference and is a founding member of the very first group in Gainesville, GA.

Cheryl has been an operating room nurse in Atlanta, Georgia for the last 45 years. Her interest in prevention and healing through nutrition has come as a result of seeing lifestyle illnesses escalate exponentially in the last few years. Cheryl has been associated with Healing Strong since the first conference in 2013 and not only leads a group in South Atlanta, she serves on the Board of Directors.

Studio artist turned filmmaker and business owner, Kevin was thrust into the world of cancer treatment when his wife Cortney was diagnosed just 3 months into their marriage in 2008. Prompted by an unshakable impression to pursue other options, Kevin led their prayerful decision to pursue non-toxic holistic cancer therapies. Today, with Cortney in full health, he welcomes the opportunity to share their journey to help others.

Holistic cancer thriver who has overcome brain tumor, lupus, fibromyalgia, liver and heart failure, hashimotos, depression, shame, loneliness, self-loathing, undiagnosed celiac disease and bedridden, on 22 medications. What changed for Gayle was prayer and learning to understand God’s will for her life. She left her job as an assistant attorney general and went back to school to be a naturopathic doctor, wellness practitioner and serves as a personal health strategist.

Ivy reviewed the Spanish translations of HealingStrong and has implemented the first HealingStrong group in Spanish. Ivy trusts on the sciences behind the HealingStrong curriculum and believes that education is the key to prevent cancer, its metastasis, and recurrences.

Angie has been a member of the Georgia State Bar since 1991. She is also registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution as a civil mediator, domestic mediator, domestic abuse mediator, and an arbitrator. She serves as a guardian ad litem for the Forsyth County Superior Court. Angie had her own HealingStrong journey when her daughter, at age 10, was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and recommended a chemo drug by her rheumatologist. Her daughter, almost 18 now, relies on the power of God’s Word combined with diet and exercise, as she lives out her healing.

Stage 4 Pancreatic cancer thriver for more then 18 years, Ann is retired in Florida and serves as our group leader mentor and advisory team member for HealingStrong. She is a devoted mother and grandmother and loves sharing her journey of healing with others. She wrote the foreword in Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez book: What Went Wrong.

I love my role as wife, mom, grandmother, sister, daughter, and friend. Life is beautiful! Being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 changed my life…for the good in many ways. I’m grateful for HealingStrong and all the good it is doing. Along with my wonderful family my true loves are learning, hiking, honey bees, and all things Holy.

A former school teacher, her life took a drastic turn when at 26, she was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. Facing severe side-effects that included infertility from treatment, Cortney and her husband Kevin went on a quest to find non-toxic therapies. Now 10 years later, she and Kevin have 3 beautiful daughters, and Cortney has devoted her spare time to educating & sharing her story on anticancermom.com.

Tiah was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer at the age of 38. After learning of HealingStrong and becoming an active member, Tiah decided to come on board as one of the Marietta, GA chapter leaders and has made several lifestyle changes since. From the time of diagnosis, she has been a beacon of hope for so many and strives to educate the community about this disease and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Janet is a 7-yr breast cancer thriver. She and her husband Glenn claim 3 now grown-up children. She is an RN and works as the Health Services and Wellness Coordinator for her local school district. She feels very blessed to have found HealingStrong while attending Dr V’s Healing Diva Retreat in Atlanta. Immediately returned to her home in Warrensburg, Mo ….and started her own group. Her favorite place to be is on a beach with a good health book and taking in the sunshine.
Ken Robbins brings two decades of experience as a marketing leader, speaker, consultant and alternative health enthusiast. Mr. Robbins, 56, is the founder and current CEO of Response Mine Interactive, a direct marketing agency specializing in health and wellness marketing. Response Mine is consistently ranked as one the best places to work in Atlanta and serves clients as diverse as fitness retailers like Soccer.com to leading healthcare institutions like Mayo Clinic and Back Pain Centers of America. Ken is also a noted contributor to best-selling books Socialnomics and The Digital Leader and a sought after speaker on health consumerism and digital marketing. Mr. Robbins is married to Liz Robbins, a breast cancer survivor, and a father of three.
Pierre is a computer guy in his late 50s nearing retirement. He and his wife Sarah have three wonderful adult children. He enjoys helping others and joined HealingStrong in early 2019. As a couple, the move towards a healthier holistic lifestyle was done as a preventive measure instead of a reaction to a disease diagnosis.

While a fan of natural medicine for years, a 2015 breast cancer diagnosis sent Donna on a new quest to learn much more. Inspired by ‘The Truth About Cancer’ and through a ‘chance’ meeting with Ty Bolinger, she learned about HealingStrong. Donna is now a group leader in Chicagoland and believes that holistic healing and positive support is critical to a happy, healthy, life!

Wendy is a certified Health and Wellness Coach, a certified fitness trainer, martial arts and kickboxing instructor and motivational health coach. She owns My H.E.A.L.T.H.Kick, and is founder of SAGE Life Foundation. Her passion is to Help Everyone Achieve Life Through Healthy Habits. Author of Yummy Food That’s Good for You, Wendy is married and is super mom to 3 amazing grown children.

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