For whom are you running?

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 7, 2016 at 1:00 PM

What makes Sherry’s Run different from every other 5K event? Heart. 

So many of the people who participate in the unique grassroots event are there because they love someone who is battling or who has battled cancer. It’s most evident in the spirit of the teams. Without the teams, Sherry’s Run would not be what it is.

“I am so moved each year by the heart and enthusiasm from each of our teams. They participate because of someone special in their lives,” said Ashlee Chance, Sherry’s Run teams committee chair. 

Chance’s team of volunteers is available to help make any team of runners or walkers more successful.

This year the 13th annual Sherry’s Run is gathering teams to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. The event was created in memory of Sharon “Sherry” Patterson Whitaker, who battled cancer for more than a year before her death in 2004. Friends and family of Whitaker started Sherry’s Run to provide patient assistance to people who are fighting their own battle with cancer.

Anyone who thinks they might want to be a champion for hope this year may find out more at the first team captains’ meeting July 19 from 4-6 p.m. at the Sherry’s Run office at 110 Babb Drive in Lebanon. 

For anyone who can’t make it, there will be three more opportunities Aug. 9, Aug. 23 and Sept. 6. Registration forms will be available for those who are unable to register online. 

“We will also hand out posters and be available to answer any questions you might have about organizing your team,” Chance said. 

Team meetings are open to anyone who is interested in forming a team for a company, family, church and friends or in honor or memory of a loved one.

Anyone unable to attend a team meeting may contact Chance at [email protected] or 615-476-3844 and will mail the information.

“I can promise you that you will not regret the decision to become a champion for hope in your community,” Chance said. “Being part of a team changes you for the better.” 

Teams may also be registered at sherrysrun.org. Team members will be able to simply pick a team name from a dropdown menu. As soon as a team member registers, an email is sent to the team.

 Green bows will be available at each meeting, to “paint your town green.” 

“We will also have Sherry’s Run retail items available to purchase, so come ready to shop for Sherry’s Run,” Chance said.

In addition, Chance said the team T-shirt competition has become a favorite tradition at Sherry’s Run. 

“Our T-shirt competition has been a highlight of this event for three years and is a great way to bring your team together,” she said. “Again, all teams will have an opportunity to showcase their creativity by creating a unique design on your team’s T-shirt and entering it in the team T-shirt contest. The T-shirts will be on display at the event site for everyone to see, and the winning team will be announced at the event. Remember, the winner is chosen based on donations made at the site, so be sure to remind your friends, family and co- workers to vote for your T-shirt.” 

Visit sherrysrun.org/the-race/teams for more information on team T-shirts.

There are so many fun and easy ways to get friends and family in on helping others. Several teams in the past have raised money through a variety of events such as bake sales, office decorating contests, turning school sporting events lime-green and Sherry’s Run T-shirt days. 

“Be inspired by the creative ways supporters are raising money, or think of your own,” Chance said.

Some other ways to get involved in Sherry’s Run include attending the team kickoff meeting and register as a participant along with a team name, painting the town green with lime bows and checking out the teams section at sherrysrun.org for more information and fundraising ideas to share with the team. 

Make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer the community. The 13th annual Sherry’s Run is scheduled for Sept. 10 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.


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