Beverly Wright


Beverly Wright: Out of the Mountain of Despair; A Stone of Hope

Beverly Wright: Out of the Mountain of Despair; A Stone of Hope

in Williamson, West Virginia, in the shadow of two mountains, Beverly Wright has held many titles - daughter, mother, widow, clerical expert, cancer survivor. She was referred to Dress for Success Columbus in 2007 and later became a member of the Columbus chapter of Professional Women’s Group. Beverly is known for her shyness, yet is still a strong advocate for Dress for Success Columbus.

Life Before Dress for Success Columbus

Beverly’s struggles with her personal health began during her time as a caretaker for her late husband, who died from black lung disease. In 2007, at the age of 55, she faced her toughest battle when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The diagnosis was devastating to Beverly due to a family history of cancer. When the doctor talked with her regarding treatment plans, all Beverly could think of was her mother - she died of the same disease when she was 55.

Beverly explains at one time she wasn’t proud of her lifestyle and thought of herself as ugly and overweight. Her cancer diagnosis was particularly devastating. She struggled with being alienated with from friends and family members after her husband’s death. Alone, depending on her own income, she had to muster up enough strength to support herself through her treatments. “It was although as if they thought they would catch this disease, but it’s not contagious,” she said. The battle left her homeless and unemployed.

Through this struggle, Beverly was only able to obtain $10 in assistance through Jobs and Family Services. She resorted to drinking water to fill her up. One day she tucked away her pride and asked a friend if he would treat her to a chicken dinner. She saved the bones from that meal in her freezer and would suck on them to help quell her hunger.

“I have a big sister - Dress for Success”

When Beverly was referred to Dress for Success Columbus, she discovered volunteers that worked diligently to help her choose an outfit for interviewing. They were unaware of her illness, and even though there were limited plus-sized selections, Beverly came out of the experience feeling and looking beautiful. She discovered techniques that allowed her to mix and match her clothing to help expand her wardrobe. Dress for Success Columbus lifted her self-esteem. She felt good about herself - both internally inside and externallyout. She became employed shortly after. At her new job, she received many compliments about how she dressed. She replied “I have a big sister called Dress for Success.”

During one of the Professional Women’s Group meetings Beverly attended, something inside of her clicked. She realized that she was embarking on a new lifestyle after reaching a low in her physical health.

“Lifestyle changes for me weren’t easy, and occasionally I have moments of weakness. Slowly but surely, I am learning how to make my new lifestyle change a permanent one.

I learned to be more positive and to give more to others in need. I learned that when you give, you receive. The most difficult part of my journey has been not being able to work full-time. Sometimes I feel as though it’s taken away my desire to live, to a degree. I had just turned 55 and