More than 4,000 people gathered Saturday in Lebanon for the 10th installment of Sherry’s Run, and each had a story to tell.
Whether it was running or walking in honor of a loved one or friend stricken with cancer, volunteering to help raise funds for the nonprofit organization that helps cancer patients get the things they need or generally in the spirit of competition, runners and walkers took to the starting line Saturday and helped Sherry’s Run cross the finish.
Sherry’s Run is Wilson County’s largest grassroots, faith-based fundraising effort that celebrated 10 years of helping cancer patients in Wilson County and the surrounding communities. Sherry’s Run has raised more than $320,000 to help cancer patients in need.
“We are so humbled by the way that God has blessed Sherry’s Run through tremendous community and sponsor support,” said Tonyia Watson, Sherry’s Run executive board member. “With their commitment and dedication, we are truly making a significant difference in the lives of local cancer patients. We salute all of our sponsorship partners, participants and volunteers with our heartfelt thanks for their generosity toward our cause. We are so proud of the work done by Sherry’s Run and are truly grateful for the opportunity to serve our neighbors who are fighting cancer.”
Saturday’s Sherry’s Run featured 125 teams. The following teams received awards:
• Most money raised – Maple Hill Church of Christ and team captain Hope Sampson raised $14,362.15.
• Most team members – Team Climer and captain Brian Dickens had 138 members.
• Most team spirit – Frankie’s Playhouse/Team Mickey and captain Frankie Phillips.
• Best team T-shirt competition – Dixie’s Chicks and Roosters and captain Mandy Dixon.
Lounita Sampson received the 2013 Sherry’s Run Volunteer of the Year award.
“Thanks to Lounita for her selfless efforts dedicated to serving those with cancer throughout the community,” Watson said. “Thank you to the more than 300 volunteers who work tirelessly and contributed countless hours to make this event successful. Thanks to all who participated in the ‘Paint the Town Green’ campaign. You were instrumental in elevating the awareness of our event with green bows throughout our communities.”
Top race winners included:
• Female overall winner – Hope Ilias.
• Male overall winner – Scott Fanning.
• Female masters winner – Amy Breedlove.
• Male masters winner – Don Poston.
“On behalf of the Sherry’s Run board of directors, we offer our sincerest thanks to each of you,” Watson said. “Your participation and support allows us to serve cancer patients 52 weeks a year, assisting with gas, groceries, prescriptions, housing payments, utility bills, 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.