Someone to Know: Cancer Survivor Eric Lindgren

Cancer does not just affect the elderly and unhealthy. Men ages 18-24 are actually at most risk for testicular cancer.

Eric Lindgren battled the deadly disease, coming out on the other side to share his message of hope and awareness. He is Someone to Know.

"Right out of high school, playing tennis. I was in pretty good shape, you know," Lindgren said. "It's definitely not what I was thinking."

In 2010, after his freshman year at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Lindgren says something was wrong. Different doctors said different things. When he went back to school for the fall semester, he got checked out once again.

"I went to the university health center, and they actually sent me to ER, which is when I was diagnosed with testicular, liver and lung cancer," Lindgren said. "And that was Sept. 21, 2010."

Doctors found Lindgren's late stage-three cancer had metastasized to his lymphatic system. He started chemotherapy right away.

Family and friends rushed to his side, except for his mother, who could not fly down from their hometown of Forth Worth because she, too, was fighting her own battle with breast cancer.

"It was funny because no one believed we were mom and son," Lindgren said. "We're like, yeah we're a team -- mom and son -- we're going to fight this together, both of our stuff at the same time!"

Thanks to Lindgren's sister, Emma, they also founded the Lindgren Cancer Foundation, aimed at raising awareness about the importance of early detection. They came up with informational shower cards.

"One side is for breast cancer, and the other side is for testicular cancer," Lindgren said. "These are the facts, who's at risk, and also how to perform lift checks, and it just hangs in the shower."

Lindgren began working on the shower cards while he was going through chemotherapy. He said he didn't want anyone else to end up in his situation. Through his own trial, Lindgren says he has also witnessed triumph first hand.

"One day, I just got a call saying so-and-so was just diagnosed with cancer. I was like, 'no way.' She was looking at your shower card and examined. They caught it very early, stage one," Lindgren said. "To hear stories like that, it reminds you you're doing the right thing."

After five rounds of chemotherapy and surgery to remove the tumors, Lindgren went into remission in June of 2011. His mother, Nancy Lindgren, lost her battle five months later, but not before leaving her imprint of hope and positivity.

For more information on the Lindgren Cancer Foundation, visit

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