Only a handful of people have been fortunate enough to reach the ripe old age of 104 and live to tell it. But centenarian Elizabeth Sullivan, celebrated her 104th birthday Wednesday, surrounded by her favorite beverage.
Despite a lifetime habit that goes against orthodox perception, drinking 3 bottles of Dr. Pepper sodas every day, she has been able to surpass the mainstream age of mortality by reaching more than a 100 mark.
Dr. Pepper CEO Larry Young himself wanted to send her a gift upon learning about her.
Sullivan told ABC News, “They certainly were nice. They brought me a bunch more Dr. Peppers, and not only were they in cans, but they were in real bottles like I used to get 60 years ago.”
Dr. Pepper director of corporate communications Chris Barnes told ABC News, “There was an ad campaign way back when she was born that has a logo of a majestic reclining lion and a Dr. Pepper bottle in the foreground and the slogan is ‘Vim, Vigor, Vitality.’ There’s nobody who embodies that better than Elizabeth Sullivan – just a wonderful, wonderful lady. We were happy to be a part of her day and make that special and wish her many more. We saw it as a unique opportunity to ring in her big 104. We wanted to thank her for being such a big fan of the brand and making us a part of her daily life.”
Sullivan, a resident of Fort Worth, not only celebrated her birthday fenced by her favorite drinks but also with a cake resembling the beverage she loves so much, that one doctor told her would kill her.
“I saw the doctor and he said, ‘Are you careful about what you eat?’ and I said, ‘Certainly not, I drink three Dr. Peppers a day,’ and he said, ‘Oh my goodness, that’s too much sugar. You will die if you keep drinking that,’” she recounted. “But 10 years later he died and I had to change doctors. So I’m still drinking three Dr. Peppers a day and people said that’s bad for me but you know, not very many people live to be 104. So I guess the sugar in the Dr. Peppers have kept me alive all this time.”