Meet Mimi Tran: Cancer survivor. Philanthropist. Community maker.

Apr 03 2020

Southlake native Mimi Tran was a tennis-loving, private-banker mom when she was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. She had all the resources (insurance, a supportive family and workplace) to tackle the disease head on — but it became clear to her that others in similar positions didn’t have the same resources and networks of support. And so, she started the Me Squared Cancer Foundation as a way to help cancer warriors face their battle with added financial assistance, mentorship and educational tools to give them hope. Today, the organization has helped countless people battling cancer. As for Mimi? She is cancer free and thriving. She still plays competitive tennis; she supports countless non-profits, from the Carroll Education Foundation to Kid’s Matter International and the Southlake Chamber of Commerce; all while working as a private banker for Frost, where she also serves as the bank’s community leader helping to grow Southlake, Colleyville and Westlake. We sat down with Mimi to chat about her journey — and how she continues to use her experiences to inspire others.

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Where is home for you?
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Home is Southlake for the last 20 years. It’s where my kids grew up and where we have many of our family and friends.

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A fun fact we can't Google about you?
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I love playing practical jokes — especially on my guy friends.

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The greatest lesson your cancer diagnosis gave you?
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I’m a figure — and I am stronger than I think.

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A piece of advice you offer anyone who has a loved one that has been diagnosed with cancer?
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Take a deep breath and try to relax. Try to keep yourself busy, and try to continue with day-to-day activities, whether through work or a relaxing activity.

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You are very involved with the community. What drives you to give back in such a big way?
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I learned in my late 30s that if you give and expect nothing and return, you will get so much more back. That’s what I live by now: Do things that you love and give fully of your heart without expectations.

Do things that you love and give fully of your heart without expectations.
Mimi Tran
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Most memorable moment during your time founding MeSquared?
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The first event was a pancake breakfast at the Cheesecake Factory. It started at 7 am, and the team came together and created an amazing event! It was special to see all who came to support, from the mayor to the city council, and everyone around town. This community is so amazing! The icing on the cake was our ability to present a check to help pay down deductibles and bills to our first cancer recipient, Tanya, who is a school custodian fighting ovarian cancer.

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Favorite spots to hang out in the Dallas-Fort Worth area?
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I love our Southlake Town Square. We’ve seen it grow so much in 20 years. I love the restaurants around town, especially Sushi Sam, Malai, Thailicious, Armend's and Del Frisco's Grille.

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Mantra you try to live your life by?
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Live. Laugh. Love.

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Things you do to stay positive during times of uncertainty?
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I love to read quotes to remind me that we are all good. My favorite go-to quotes are: “No one is you and that is your power.” —Zig Ziglar “Being wanted feeds the ego. Being valued feeds the soul.” —Peaceful minds
“My life is about to be incredible. I am ready.” —Law of Attraction

I believe that I should treat myself best before I can treat others. I try to exercise at least three times a week. These past couple of weeks have been challenging with Covid-19. I do a lot of stretching during the day. I try to treat myself to massages to keep the stress level down.

I believe in letting go of things that I cannot control. This one is hard to do, but once you can truly do it, it’s freeing.

The more I concentrate on giving of others without any expectation in return, I fee as thought I am feeding my soul.

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