She’s been a giving spirit, having participated in Southwest’s Adopt-A-Pilot program. Pilots visit classrooms three to four times a year as a supplementary way to “educate students through aviation-themed activities related to careers, science, geography, math and other subjects.” Understandably, Sherri missed a second session after she was diagnosed with cancer in her fallopian tube. (Ovarian cancer starts in the fallopian tubes, being one and the same cancer, treated exactly same.) Shortly thereafter, she received a package in the mail from her Adopt-A-Pilot kids who heard WHY she couldn’t come back. “There were probably forty-plus cards, letters and pictures. They shared well wishes and sad stories about family members with cancer.” It touched her.
Sherri had “slipped the surly bonds of earth” for 27 years in her tenure with Southwest. She received a retirement send-off fit for aviation royalty, yet flying isn’t her only passion. She offers a sewing clinic in her husband’s hometown in Nebraska called Kids Sew Camp. She teaches “Flight School” for Sky Kids AZ, an organization that builds self-esteem and confidence for special needs kids through flight. Sherri has volunteered in a program called LiveStrong at the YMCA, an exercise program for cancer survivors.
Not only does her altruism (Sherri is additionally a VP on the Teal It Up board) buoy her attitude when it comes to keeping healthy, she relies on a strong faith. “During treatment I prayed every morning with my husband. My cousin would call and we’d pray on the phone.” She said she initially asked God to take away her fear of what the cancer had in store for her. But as time went by she reminded herself that God has the plan. So instead of taking away the cancer, she’d say “Dear God, help me cope and get through this.” God listened … Sherri is cancer-free.