Sheryl did just that. She 'blossomed' wherever she went, making the most of her journey by truly living life on her terms. She touched the
lives and hearts of many along the way.
As a little girl, Sheryl loved books and would sit and read quietly for hours upon end. This passion for great stories led to an illustrious media career spanning almost 20 years and included nearly every facet in communications. Most recently, she served as Director of Communications for The Smiley Group, Inc. Prior to that, she was the longtime Executive Producer of The Tavis Smiley Show on public radio and the executive most responsible for the success of the radio show for its three years on National Public Radio (NPR) from 2002-2004. She was personally asked by Smiley to take the helm when he moved in 2005 to have the show distributed by Public Radio International (PRI).
Sheryl consistently gave passionately of herself and her time to the people and issues she cared about. Early in her career, a story she had written on the high rates of black infant mortality in Oakland ultimately led to a position as communications specialist for the non-profit East Bay Perinatal Council. While at the Council, Sheryl helped develop an award-winning Community Health Outreach Training Program for the State of California designed to assist high-risk, under served pregnant women receive prenatal care and other services. Sheryl also began speaking on behalf of cancer awareness even before her diagnosis in January 2008. In July 2007, she served as mistress of ceremonies for the Celebrate Life Foundation's Cancer Pageant. In August 2008, while undergoing her own treatment, she moderated a panel discussion on awareness and prevention for young girls at the Tavis Smiley's Leadership Institute.
In addition to her work, Sheryl loved sunflowers and salsa dancing, laughter and travel. And she was truly her mother's daughter - she definitely knew how to appreciate a great pair of shoes! Each well-heeled step Sheryl took was full of purpose and determination and helped her live her dreams. In addition to her love and devotion for her family, being surrounded by friends was what made Sheryl smile.
Even in the moments when her illness really began to take its toll, she always found something to laugh at.
Our beloved, Sheryl, fought bravely and ultimately lost her battle with Triple Negative Breast Cancer on June 8, 2009. We honor her life and legacy by joining the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation®in the fight to eradicate this disease so that one day, the lives of countless other women will no longer be cut short. Please join us in this worthy cause.
The Family of Sheryl Flowers