Fifty eight year old Mary Jacobson says she can relate to Michelle Gibson.
Gibson lost her son, Dustyn, in a house fire last Sunday. She's now trying to find the money to give him a proper burial.
At one point in her life, Jacobson had to do the same. For herself.
"I had to buy a coffin," she said. "The Cancer I had was a very rare type that there really wasn't any cure for at the time. The last case they found was in 1958."
When her Cancer was operated on in 1995, Jacobson ended up in a coma for two years. Drugs she was injected with made her balloon up to more than three hundred pounds. The coma broke in 1998, and Jacobson's journey to become the world's strongest woman began.
"My little girl said, if the Cancer didn't kill you, obesity will," remembered Jacobson. "It's one of those thing that nowadays obesity is hurting a lot of people. So, I started working out."
Over time, she would go on to compete in many lifting competitions.
On Saturday, she dedicated some of her strength to helping the Gibson family.
"Whenever we found out about the family need, we approached her and she was wholeheartedly in favor of doing that for them because that's a good cause to her too," said Pastor Larry Black of the Blue Ridge Church of the Brethren, where they event was held. "If you know her history and you talk with her, she's on fire for helping anybody that she can."
Jacobson demonstrated that even though we all pull heavy burdens, there's always someone around to lend a hand.
"Every step that I'm taking will be for those families, that are going for some times like this," she said of her attempt at pulling a 47 thousand pound firetruck. "There's all kinds of people that have causes. We struggle. So, I figured, if I'm going to struggle to pull this a step, it's one step forward for all those that are struggling."
Her performance raised $4600 for the Gibson family.
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