Sherry’s Run receives $10K grant

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 21, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Middle Tennessee Electric’s SharingChange donated $10,000 of its funds to Sherry’s Run.

The donation will go to help cancer patients like Jacob Will and other families with money to buy gas, groceries, pay utility bills, housing payments, prescription assistance, health insurance premiums, medical bills and colonoscopy assistance.

“Jacob’s sweet smile and infectious spirit have truly inspired me,” said Tonyia Stockton, director of patient assistance for Sherry’s Run. “Your donations to SharingChange make it possible for us to serve precious families like this one.”  

Will was diagnosed with an atypical Teratoid/Rabdoid tumor at 3 years old.

AT/RT is a rare brain cancer that attacks the central nervous system. According to Jacob’s grandfather, Mike Will, doctors found a “tennis-ball-sized” AT/RT tumor in Jacob’s brain in July 2014. Within a week, doctors were ready to operate.

Although they were able to remove the majority of the tumor, Jacob had a stroke during the operation.

After the surgery, Jacob began chemotherapy and treatment with experimental medicine. He’s currently continuing to improve and even played recreation-league baseball last summer. 

Sherry’s Run is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to cancer patients 52 weeks a year in Wilson County and surrounding communities. The 12th annual Sherry’s Run featured dozens of teams and thousands of participants in September. To refer someone who might qualify for assistance or for further information, call 615-925-2592 or visit sherrysrun.org.  

In 2016, MTEMC’s charitable organization gave more than $830,000 to 133 organizations across its four-county service area. The receiving organizations use the funds to assist MTEMC members and their families during their times of need.  The grants are funded through donated monies, which are administered by the SharingChange Board.  

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative that provides electricity to nearly 214,000 residential and business members in Cannon, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson counties.


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