Denise Moore, the namesake for #TeamMimi, was involved in the earliest conversations that formed the local faith-based nonprofit that benefits cancer patients and their families in and around Wilson County.
In 2004, Moore and her friend, Tamara Lampsa, discussed the memory of a beautiful friend, Sherry Whitaker, during lunch. Lampsa suggested organizing a 5K in Sherry’s honor, and Moore immediately jumped in to help. Because she was a part of the community for years, Moore volunteered to help coordinate the silent auction and a visit with the sponsors.
Her husband, Lynotte Moore, got involved as a sponsor through his local business, 231 Car Sales, and has remained a faithful supporter for years.
Fast forward to 2017 and Denise Moore is currently fighting her own battle with cancer, inspiring her family and friends to form #TeamMimi in her honor.
“With close to 100 members, this brand new team is on track to be the largest at Sherry’s Run this year,” said Corrie Cluck, administrative coordinator for Sherry’s Run.
It is no wonder the community has shown such great support for Denise Moore. Those who know her best describe her as sweet, loving and generous. Though she has given much of her time through the years to serve Sherry’s Run and other organizations in Lebanon such as New Leash on Life, Denise Moore’s greatest passion and investment is her family. Her husband of 24 years, three stepdaughters and four grandchildren, along with her brother, sister and parents in Alabama, are what’s kept her going throughout her diagnosis and treatment.
“I couldn’t imagine going through this with no one to support you,” said Denise Moore. “That’s what Sherry’s Run does for so many in our community...they are a bright light into the darkness cancer causes.”
Denise Moore is still undergoing chemotherapy treatment, but she doesn’t plan to let that keep her from joining her team Saturday morning, which also happens to be her birthday.
“I am so thankful to all of my dear friends for the prayers, love and support,” said Denise Moore. “I just want to encourage others to spend time with your family and friends; appreciate what you have; and do what you can for others.”
Sherry’s Run plans to honor Denise Moore at the race Saturday.
Registration remains open at sherrysrun.org for the 14th annual Sherry’s Run-Walk event Saturday at 8 a.m. at 623 W. Main St. in Lebanon.
Support allows Sherry’s Run to assist cancer patients 52 weeks a year with gas, groceries, utility bills, housing payments, prescription assistance, health insurance premiums, medical bills and colonoscopy assistance.
To learn more about Sherry’s Run, call 615-925-2592. To refer someone who might qualify for assistance, call 615-925-9932 or visit sherrysrun.org.