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14th annual Sherry’s Run becomes day filled with hope

Staff Reports • Sep 11, 2017 at 3:10 PM

It was a beautiful day Saturday to celebrate hope for the thousands of walkers, runners and supporters of Sherry’s Run.

 

Everyone there had a purpose, and it was the same...to give hope to their neighbors.

To view more than 250 photos from Saturday’s Sherry’s Run, click here.

Many came to walk side by side with someone they love who is fighting the greatest battle of their lives. Some came to run their heart out in memory of someone they have lost. And everyone came to provide assistance to the hundreds of cancer patients and their families who will benefit from the money raised in the next year.

“Next week, another new cancer patient will walk through our doors, and we will be able to extend him hope because of what happened here today,” said Alisa Eakes, patient assistance coordinator for Sherry’s Run.

The 2017 Sherry’s Run was dedicated to the memory of Charles “Killer” Tomlinson and Mackey Bentley. Tomlinson dedicated his life to serving the Wilson County community through law enforcement. His life verse was “Here am I send me,” and he lived that out every day. Bentley’s motto was “it’s always right to do the right thing,” and he modeled that to everyone with whom he came into contact.

The 2017 Sherry’s Run was in honor of Cindy Thorne and Denise Moore. Thorne’s smile and positive attitude brighten every room into which she walks. She is also the creator of several of the beautiful lime green bows seen around Wilson County. Moore and her #TeamMimi took Sherry’s Run by storm this year with the largest team. It’s no wonder the community supported her...she is a bright and positive force to those around her.

The support was not only in spirit and attendance, but also in generosity. As of Saturday, more than $310,000 was given. That money will help families affected by any kind of cancer who live or seek treatment in Wilson County or the surrounding communities, who are actively pursuing treatment and demonstrate a true financial need.

 In 2016, donations allowed Sherry’s Run to make an impact for patients and their families, including:

• $57,418 in utility bills paid.

• $33,568 in housing payments paid.

• $30,084 in medical bills and prescriptions paid.

• $98,000 in gas and grocery cards provided.

The 99 teams that participated added excitement and morale to the event in a special way.

“Thanks to all those who formed and joined a team, the team chairs and all the team captains,” Eakes said.

The team with the most members was #TeamMimi with 120 members. The team captain was Tamara Lampsa.

Honors for the team with the most money raised regarding entry fee was Whit’s Warriors which raised $21,335; Team captain is Tammy Robertson.

The most team spirit went to the Frankie’s Playhouse team and team captain Frankie Phillips.

The team with the most creative T-shirt was Rebecca’s Race For Life and team captain Sonya Duncan.

Without the efforts of Sherry’s Run volunteers, the event wouldn’t have been possible. Robert Hutcheson was a volunteer since the beginning and has dedicated countless hours to making the event run smoothly. Hutcheson is an example of what Sherry’s Run is all about and the recipient of the 2017 Sherry’s Run volunteer of the year award.

More than 300 volunteers worked and contributed countless hours to make the event successful.

“Thanks to all who participated in the paint your town green campaign,” Eakes said. “You were instrumental in elevating the awareness of our event with green ribbons throughout our communities.”

Trisha Scott was the female overall winner. Sam Payne was the male overall winner and first to cross the finish line. The female masters winner was Ashlee Chance, and the male masters winner was Andrew Head.

For a full list of winners by age category and runner times, refer to sherrysrun.org/the-race/5k-results.

“On behalf of the Sherry’s Run board of directors, we offer our sincerest thanks,” Eakes said. “The success of this event lies with everyone who chose to make a difference and supported Wilson County’s largest faith-based nonprofit event.”

The mission of Sherry’s Run is “through faith and love create an environment for all those affected by cancer, which provides hope, knowledge, assistance, support and compassion.”

To learn more about Sherry’s Run, call 615-925-2592, or to refer someone who might qualify for assistance, call 615-925-9932 or visit sherrysrun.org.

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