Of course, there will be thousands of Sherry’s Run supporters – which will include more than 100 teams registered to participate in the 5K run-walk event, making it one of Wilson County’s largest community events. Participants will begin arriving at 6:30 a.m., and the run starts at 8 a.m. at 623 W. Main St. in Lebanon.
This year’s event will be in honor of Dr. Christina Steger and in memory of Dr. Donald Cole, Whit Robertson and Wilson County sheriff’s Lt. Bob Harrison.
In addition, Gastroenterology Lebanon will make a special check presentation in honor of Steger. There will also be a special check presentation from Lebanon Endoscopy Center and St. Thomas Medical Partners in honor of Cole. Contributing doctors Neil Price, Mark Miller, Brett Inglis and Elizabeth Lindsey will be at the event.
A silent auction, educational exhibitors and family fun will surround the event. This year, Sherry’s Run will also offer a bone marrow donor drive through the Be The Match organization. Race participants will have the opportunity to enroll in their database of potential donors.
There will also be a survivors’ tent where cancer survivors will receive special survivor T-shirts and have the opportunity to ride the trolley behind the race participants.
One of the most special elements of the annual Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk event is the balloon release, but organizers said pressure from an out-of-state group has forced the event to go balloonless this year. For those who are disappointed by the news, Sherry’s Run has plans for an alternative activity to honor loved ones.
“This community has been so faithful in their support of Sherry’s Run, allowing us to assist thousands of cancer patients and their families through the years,” said Tonyia Stockton, board chair for Sherry’s Run.
“What began as a tragic loss has become an explosion of grace. It is truly a communitywide effort as local businesses, churches and families come together to sponsor, volunteer and participate in the run.
“It is an uplifting celebration of hope. The spirit of the event fills the air as thousands celebrate that special someone who has fought or is fighting cancer. On Saturday, we gather together in celebration of life, of hope and of the power to support each other. Turning something as bad as cancer into something positive that will make a difference.
“The difference is made in the lives of the cancer patients who sit in our office each week and share their story. For some, it is the ability to put food on the table for their children. For others it is being able to purchase the gas needed to get back and forth to treatments. And for still others, it means being able to stay in their home.”
The annual 5K run-walk is the largest fundraiser of the year for Sherry’s Run. Funds raised at the annual run-walk 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.