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Cancer Survivor's T-Shirt Line Fights Illness With Laughter

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Four-time cancer survivor Linda Hill believes that the battle against the disease begins with a state of mind, NPR reports.

The 48-year-old and her large family are a group of oddball jokesters that have faced down each of Hill's life-threatening illnesses with a back-and-forth of jabs and puns that have kept her laughing and that she now wants to share.

As Linda was wheeled into surgery for a double mastectomy, a petite daughter tenderly whispered to her mom: "Thanks so much for making me NOT the smallest-breasted person" in the family...Hill remembers thinking, "We ought to put these things on shirts, because this is just so funny." Now, 800 T-shirts later, Hill has developed a fledgling market that helps patients laugh through chemo. The shirts are sold for about $25 on Hill's Web site and at cancer centers across the country.

While shirts with slogans like "Of course they're fake, the real ones tried to kill me!" the shirts are proving popular among cancer patients and survivors and Hill donates $2 dollars from every sale to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

You can read more about Hill and her particular brand of laughter therapy at NPR.org.

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