About Sherry

“A friend loves you on a bad hair day or a no hair day…”

sherry_headshotSherry has been married to her husband Jerry since 1968. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren. Having celebrated her 29th year of being cancer free, Sherry has chosen this time in her life to take to the platform “full speed ahead!” to carry forth her message of humor, hugs and hope.

Sherry’s Experience and Training

Sherry has been an inspirational speaker since 1986. Her early training and experience came through Stonecroft’s international organization, Christian Women’s Club. After her experience with cancer she gave birth to her third child, her award winning book, I Don’t Remember Signing up for Cancer! (WinePress). She then graduated from Florence Littauer’s CLASSpeakers, Inc. and has also been a member of Toastmaster’s International. Her speaking has taken her throughout the United States as well as Canada.

Whether Sherry’s speaking for a cancer event such as Race For Women or a Pink Ribbon Banquet, a fundraiser, a businesswomen’s conference or luncheon; whether she’s speaking to doctor’s wives, legislators or children, her heartwarming encouragement, humor and candor are well received. Her audiences have stated that they’ve found themselves laughing in the most unexpected places.

Some of Sherry’s Past Clients

Susan G. Komen Foundation Events (Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, & Washington); National Cancer Survivor’s Day Events (New York & New Jersey); The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center in Bridgeport, CT; Northwest Medical Center, Tucson, AZ; Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA; Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Cheyenne, WY; Providence Hospital, Medford, OR; Pink Ribbon Luncheon, Lewiston, ID; Southeastern District Health Department, Pocatello, ID; Magic Valley Regional Medical Center, Twin Falls, ID; Camp Mak-A-Dream’s Ovarian Cancer Survivors Retreat, Missoula, MT; Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY; Cancer Patient Care; Cancer Care Northwest; Holy Family, Deaconess, Sacred Heart and Valley Hospitals, Spokane, WA; Greater Spokane Health Association; Lilac Festival Association; YWCA’s Benefit Breakfast; Washington Health Care Association; Spokane Writers and Self Publishers; International Training in Communication; Women on the Move Conference, (presented by, Everett Area Chamber of Commerce); MOPS International; Inland Northwest Speakers’ Association; National Association of Credit Management; Safeco Insurance; Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance; and more



“Your wonderful view of life was so fun and meaningful to all those who had the privilege of attending our Friday evening event. Your ability to share not only your courageous story of surviving (and thriving!) breast cancer but also your message of how the experience blessed your life was so valuable for those attending. Your humor and heart are always evident, whether throughout your written work or through sharing your story. I would be very happy to provide a reference to anyone considering you for a speaking engagement.”


Survivor who uses Humor to help Every pink Ribbon earner Realize they Yet have viability.”


“You and your book “I Don’t Remember Signing up for Cancer!” provided a great draw for our 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Symposium on April 9th. Our attendance more than doubled from last year and the many Breast Cancer Survivors received such a gift by getting to hear your presentation. Your message of humor and hope is a perfect fit for Komen, and I hope other Affiliates are able to enjoy you in the future.”


“The comical author of “I Don’t Remember Signing Up for Cancer!” kept the crowd rolling with laughter Saturday during the Third Annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Lubbock Affiliate’s Breast Cancer Symposium”


“I have worked with Sherry in the past in medical conferences and talks where she has proven to be an outstanding, entertaining, humorous speaker. She has written an excellent book relating her experience as a breast cancer and breast reconstruction patient, and is a uniquely inspiring and entertaining speaker on the subject. Her presentations to both lay and professional audiences are always well received. I would recommend her for such a speaking role without any reservations whatsoever.”


“Thank you very much, Sherry. Humor is indeed healing and you are very skilled in bringing just the right balance to your presentations. Having ‘been there, done that’ is also very important in terms of relating to your audiences. You are a winner and I am pleased to recommend your talents to other Komen Affiliates.”


“Finding just the right speaker can sometimes be challenging, but you were everything we hoped for and more. Our tea is a special day that all our survivors look forward to, a day of celebration and hope. Your talk was uplifting, entertaining and informative.”


“Sherry’s enthusiasm and passion is obvious. At the event, she went guest-to-guest and introduced herself. She made a point to connect with everyone. Sherry’s message is one of faith, family, friends and humor in everyday life, not just when dealing with cancer. She stresses the need for people to be educated about their healthcare choices.”


“Well, you will never forget coming to Connecticut during the blizzard of 2006 and we will never forget how you took our hearts by storm… Your understanding and your ability to transfer such a positive energy will leave a lasting impression on our hearts for a long time to come. My wish is that all patients diagnosed with cancer would have the opportunity to experience all that is ‘Sherry’.”


“We had the pleasure of having Sherry Karuza Waldrip speak at a recent event during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Ms. Waldrip, a breast cancer survivor, shares her story with humor, compassion and encouragement. Her ability to transition from the difficult topics of diagnosis and treatment to seeking the humor in dealing with doctors and friends make for an inspiring event. Her information is excellent for survivors, family and friends to hear.”

Phone: (509) 924-8085
9116 E. Sprague #139
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
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