“I remember just asking God that if he could just take away the cancer, I would make a difference.”
Touraine Lynch reminisces about when she was first diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer. She was only given six months to live but now, 12 years later, she is the founder of the Enchanting Women’s Foundation and a proud mother of her 16-year-old son.
The Portchester, N.Y., native, speaking with a light Southern accent, moved to Georgia when she was just 3 years old. After high school, she followed her dreams and went straight to cosmetology school. That goal was quickly overpowered, however, by her dream to go to Korea.
Lynch found her ticket to Korea through the U.S Army, where she eventually became a sergeant. “I just fell in love with Korea–the food, culture, everything,” she said.
But it wasn’t until she tried out for the Audie Murphy Club, the highest achievement in the Army, that she found out she had cancer. She was called into the clinic where was told she had a tumor around her heart artery.
“Being young, not knowing much about cancer, I dismissed it and told the nurse, ‘Just take it out.’” Little did Lynch know she had begun the fight for her life.
In 2001, she went to Washington, D.C.’s Walter Reed hospital to receive better care. Lynch went through two stem cells transplants, radiation therapy, lost her voice and contracted a chronic cough.
“When life brings altering events, it brings you closer to God,” said Lynch. “If I never got the cancer, I would have never started my foundation for women.” Before she even went to the hospital the first time, she felt like something was missing from her life.
In 2009, Lynch started the Enchanting Women’s Foundation. Her foundation helps battered and homeless women by using the Internet to raise awareness and create fundraisers, often giving school supplies to the homeless and providing life support bags to battered women.
Lynch is an avid believer in God and believes that prayer is the answer to all things. For more information about her or the Enchanting Women’s Foundation, visit www.enchanting-women.com.