Throughout her 20 years as a breast cancer survivor, Jerri Livingston has been guided by one simple mantra:
“Don’t mess with me.”
Granted, it’s not necessarily the sort of saying that you’d have embroidered on a throw pillow, but those four simple words have embodied the tenacity and spirit that Jerri has brought to her battle with the disease. The road hasn’t been easy, but it’s led Jerri to her calling in life.
“I’m not sure why I got breast cancer,” Jerri says, “but I definitely feel that it was for a reason.”
Jerri prefers the term “thriver” over “survivor.” It’s an inspirational switch in verbiage borrowed from Susan G. Komen, one of the world’s leading organizations in funding breast cancer research. Supporting Komen is one of Jerri’s chief passions, and this May she received some colorful recognition for her efforts.
After Jerri raised more than $2,000 for Komen Missouri’s More Than Pink Walk, the organization honored her as the grand marshal for its Hope on the Road Parade. Bedecked in a bright pink tiara and riding in a black Chevrolet convertible, Jerri got to experience the event in style – see the attached photo as evidence.
Jerri credits her success not to any particular fundraising acumen, but to having a tireless circle of friends and loved ones.
“I have incredible support from my family and group of friends,” Jerri says. “We are always there for each other, no matter what.”
For more information on Komen Missouri, visit komenmissouri.org.