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December 17, 2012

Cancer survivor Perry strives to help others

BRIDGE CITY — Since the age of nine, 76 year old Beverly Perry has lived in Bridge City and involved in the community.

“I always come home to Bridge City because of the people here,” she said.

Last week, she had the honor of being the Bridge City Parade Marshall for the Lighted Christmas Parade. “It was so much fun,” she said.

She has worked for three years as a substitute teacher, five days a week. "I will work until I can get up, get dressed, get in the car, and drive off," she explained.

Perry is a 19 year breast cancer survivor.

“I celebrated 19 years last week,” she added. “I woke up one day and figured out that God spared me. I really need to help those that come behind me so there aren't as many and hopefully find a cure. When I met the Gift of Life group and staff, I was captivated and so taken by the fact that their devotion is so true and they work so hard to eradicate breast cancer but they celebrate the survivors. They provide prostate testing and mammograms for people without insurance.”

She has been a volunteer of the Gift of Life for over 12 years and was awarded the volunteer of the year several years ago.

“I was so honored and and proud to be associated with that organization. Every dime that they raise stays right here,” she said.

Perry also makes Reach to Recovery visits with the American Cancer Society.

“All of these organizations are great to spend time with,” she said.

When she isn't volunteering, Perry likes to travel. She does a lot of weekend things. A few more recent things are LaFayette, Dickens on the Strand, and Shangri-La Christmas Tree and lights.

“We do that every year,” she said.

Perry has two children, six grandchildren, and eight great-grand children.

“I have lived a good life and I'm a happy person,” she said.

mjones@panews.com

 

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