Woman Battling Cancer Starts ‘Fights Like a Ranger’ Campaign
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A woman battling cancer is giving new meaning on what it means to truly be an Iron Ranger.
Her words of encouragement are being worn on sweatshirts and sent across the country.
What started as an idea for a benefit has evolved into what some are calling a full blown business, and the woman behind it all has a heart wrenching story.
“Iron Rangers that live up here they all do have that spunk in them,” laughed Teresa Lincoln.
To live next door to a mine pit in a place where winter is eight months of the year, you learn pretty quickly what it means to be tough.
Thanks to weight loss surgery, in six years Teresa Lincoln went from 374 pounds to 130.
On her life changing weight loss journey, her world quickly flipped upside down.
“I found out I had chronic leukemia in 2013,” said Lincoln. “In July of 2013, I found out I had breast cancer and August I found out I had uterine cancer.”
Lincoln was diagnosed with three separate cancers in less than a year.
“I didn’t really know how to wrap my head around it,” said Lincoln’s 22-year-old daughter, Jenna Lincoln.
“Just give her all my faith, all my love,” said Lincoln’s fiancé of eight years, Tim Joyce. “Stand by her.”
Lincoln asked herself, “What on earth am I going to do?”
So Lincoln did what she thought any tough Iron Ranger would do: fight through it.
“I am literally fighting for my life,” Lincoln said. “Iron Rangers have a lot of fight in them, and I live on the Range.”
‘Fight Like a Ranger’ are the words this family lives by and after printing it on a few sweatshirts the saying started to catch on and hit home for cancer survivors across the country.
“It’s cool to see how their journey was and seeing how different paths they take,” said Jenna Lincoln.
“I never realized how much cancer is out there until a person has it,” said a surprised Teresa Lincoln.
In just a few months, Lincoln has sold more than 1,000 sweatshirts, and with every purchase comes an inspiring story of survival.
The money made from the sweatshirts goes into a trust for Lincoln and is used for her frequent trips to the Twin Cities and cost of treatments.
While fighting the battle of a lifetime, Lincoln finds the strength to travel to craft shows and events throughout the Range to spread the word that Rangers are tough.
“Rangers, we’re up here, we’re strong,” said Jenna Lincoln. “We’ll try and fight through anything we can.”
At the end of the day, if you fight hard enough you can overcome the hardest of challenges.
“There will be no tears,” smiled Lincoln. “I’m going to wear a smile on my face every day because I’m a fighter.”
To order a ‘Fight Like a Ranger’ sweatshirt, click here.
Donations can also be made at any Wells Fargo bank under the ‘Lincoln Benefit Account Trust.’