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New billboard promotes women's empowerment

We've told you about the man behind the heart scans and colonoscopy billboards before, but he has a new message to share.

Posted: Apr 8, 2019 5:42 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2019 9:00 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - People are going to be driving by seeing this billboard on Lima Road until the 14th, but Jerry Vandeveer said once you realize your efforts aren't in vain, you keep going.

"With the colonoscopy billboards I was only going to put up two, and here I am almost 60 of them now. 2 1/2 years I've been putting them up," he said.

Just like with that one and the heart scans, he's keeping his wife Linda's mission alive and that's not only to save lives, but make them better too.

"Back when my wife died of colon cancer, that was the time to do the colonoscopy billboards. When I found out I had cancer, which is gone now, through the heart scan, that was the time for bringing the awareness there," Vandeveer explained.

He said now is the time to empower women.

"It goes back to my wife. She liked to, well, she did empower young men and women to be the best that they could," Vandeveer said.

She did that through work at the Fort Wayne Children's Home, being an active supporter for women's rights, an advocate in promoting awareness of domestic violence, rape and bullying of both men and women.

Now that she's gone, Jerry is still keeping the promise of helping people through this billboard and others.

He said women are making strides in plenty of aspects of life, so he's showing his appreciation being inspired by the efforts of his wife.

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