Lynx Fan Beats Breast Cancer

Kyle Ratke
Web Editorial Associate

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In late March, Bev Mooney found out she had breast cancer.

Surgery would be required immediately. This sounds severe, and it is extremely severe, but after talking with Bev, you would think it was a standard procedure.

"Well, let's take care of it," Mooney said. "Get it done. Let's get some surgery and see if we can get it under control. Get rid of it."

But, Bev, there had to be a little bit of a concern, right?

"No, I am not that kind of person," Mooney said. "I've had so many things in my life that have come up and I am not a panic person. I just don't (do it). I figured my faith will bring me through it and that's the key thing with me. I count on my faith to take me through everything, all of my difficulties."

Mooney is from Knoxville, Iowa. She was born and raised there before moving to Plymouth Minnesota when she was around 30 years old. Her husband has passed away, but she still has plenty of support. Seven children. Nine grand children. Three great grandchildren.

That sounds like a lot of Christmas presents.

When Mooney first heard the information, her family was instantly at her side, doing whatever they could do to help.

"They were driving me to the doctor, bringing me food... Really, they were taking turns for everything that needed to be done to help me. I guess they wanted to keep me going," Mooney said with a laugh.

She had the surgery on April 11th and feels so good that she first said the diagnosis came in March of 2012.

"I guess it went away so I kind of forgot that it had been that long."

Mooney also happens to be a Minnesota Lynx season ticket member and has been for the last 15 seasons.. In case you're wondering, this is the team's 15 season, so she's been here since the beginning. And since the Lynx teamed with the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, Mooney has been a big fan of the support the team is giving.

"It's a wonderful thing to do. We have to remember that people getting (breast cancer),they still need all the help they can get. Not just monetary, but emotional and physical support," Mooney said. "They need all the help they can get. I think it's extremely important... The personal touch is the most important thing they can do."

Cancer is a very serious thing, but stories like Mooney's make one a bit more confident heading forward when it comes to research. The Lynx and the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation has done their part, but Mooney hopes there is a day when help isn't needed.

"I hope is that eventually, in your lifetime, in my children's and grandchildren's lifetime, cancer will be eradicated. We will be able to get it under control. We thank the Lynx for the big give to us, in many ways."

The Minnesota Lynx will face the Indiana Fever on Saturday at 6 p.m. for this year's Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Awareness game. If you see Bev, tell her congratulations.

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