For the month of December, I’ll be shining light each day on some extraordinary women I know. They represent various fields and backgrounds, and I admire each for their passion and strength. These are bold, beautiful, brave women — artists, businesswomen, union organizers, nurses, writers, teachers, movie makers, designers, reporters, and all-around badasses.
Sherry Higgs is the founding CEO of Drivers For Survivors, a non-profit providing free transportation service and supportive companionship for ambulatory cancer patients. In February 2010, at age 43, Sherry was diagnosed with a rare and potentially life-threatening breast cancer called Inflammatory Breast Cancer or IBC. Prior to her diagnosis, she worked for 15 years at a Fortune 500 company as a successful Account Executive. Sherry’s passion for living, writing, and sharing her experiences has given her the platform to connect and educate others on breast cancer-related issues in a caring way that survivors, their families, and their friends can relate to and be inspired as she continues her quest to advocate for positive change.
1. What did you want to be “when you grew up?” I always knew I wanted to create. As an avid young reader, my dream was to become a writer! I remember after being told lights out, I had a night light connected to an extension cord so I could continue reading under my covers past bedtime. Being an entrepreneur gives me the freedom to create! Writing is my passion—but the ability to create opportunities, especially well-intended and helping others, is what drives me.
2. What makes you the most proud of yourself? The ability to share the gifts that I received when I needed them with others.
3. What darkness have you overcome? How did you find strength? I have gone through a lot of challenges personally and around me since childhood without much-needed support on many levels. The most personal fight was against Inflammatory Breast Cancer. I chose light over dark. That was my defining moment in life. I found strength by looking at my past and present fears, which had caused me trepidation, in the eyes and decided to deal with life head-on.
4. Where will we find you on a Saturday morning at 10 a.m.? Spending time with my daughter.
5. What makes you smile the most? Seeing things blossom: my daughter, those I love around me, the organization, ah-ha moments on self-growth and actualization – especially when leaping over a hurdle.
Bonus: What advice would you give your younger self? Save your money, travel to faraway places, always remember and thank those who helped you along the way, love passionately and find work that draws in your heart and ignites you!
Today’s #OneGoodThing is sharing this extraordinary woman, Sherry Higgs, with all of you! We are stronger together, so let’s shine a light on our extraordinary sisters! If you’d like to participate or nominate a woman to participate, please send me a note or leave a comment! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Kindness is Everything.
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