ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Ford Motor Credit Company Business Development Manager Deb Livingston, like many other employees around the world, joined a walk benefiting breast cancer research and support. But unlike many other employees, just a few weeks before, Livingston had undergone surgery for breast cancer and had begun chemotherapy.
She had a strong support team of relatives – along with more than 160 employees, friends and family affiliated with Don Chalmers Ford of New Mexico – in the local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
All were wearing specially made T-shirts that read, “It’s not just our trucks that are Built Ford Tough” on the front and, on the back, “Don Chalmers Ford proudly supports Deb Livingston in her fight against breast cancer.”
“The T-shirts were a surprise,” said Livingston, who is back at work and continuing treatment. “I was overwhelmed, but seeing my name on all those shirts as I walked kept me uplifted and kept me going until I finished.”
Gina Spence is the executive administrative assistant at the dealership who organized the Don Chalmers walk team. She wasn’t surprised at the strong response.
“We consider Deb part of our Don Chalmers family. In a family, when one is down, everyone comes out and supports each other,” she said.
Livingston said all the dealers she works with continue to be “incredibly supportive, and that makes a difference.”
“This clearly demonstrates the fantastic people who work with our dealers and the relationships we share with them that go well beyond business as usual,” said Charles Bilyeu, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “Deb showed her typical resilience and determination by making this walk so soon after surgery. With this special display of support, Chalmers once again proved that we have great partners – and friends – in our dealers.”
Livingston has decided to take her battle with cancer public, urging women to have mammograms and men to ensure the women in their lives have the test as prescribed. Statistics show that breast cancer accounts for one of every three cancers found in women in the United States.
“I was clear last year, and 12 months later the mammogram showed I had an aggressive cancer,” she said. “I’m focused on using this as a platform to make sure women get their mammograms.”