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2022 Sherry’s Run 5K Held in Honor of Alex Hutto

God Gives Hope Through It All

Just imagine, you’re thirty years old, married to your soulmate, landed a great career, and you have a precious child that God has blessed you with. Life certainly seems to be headed down a great path, then, all of sudden, you get tragic news and it all comes to a screeching halt. That’s exactly what happened to one of Lebanon’s very own, Alex Hutto.

Alex was raised in Wilson County and a graduate of Lebanon High school. He then attended Tennessee Technological University where he met his wife, Rachel. After graduation, the couple found a place to call home, began their careers, and started a family. Cancer was never in their future, but that didn’t stop it from intruding into their lives. When asked what his immediate emotions were when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Alex responded with, “nervous and confused.” These are common feelings with any cancer diagnosis but Alex will also quickly tell you that God gave him hope through it all. Many people lifted prayers of healing for Alex, but according to him, his prayer was always, “God let me be ok with whatever your will is for me.” His wife, Rachel, prayed for peace and strength daily, usually multiple times a day. She stated, “I knew that I could not care for Alex through treatments, appointments, late nights, and side effects, while still being a parent to our son without the strength and peace that only God can provide.” They both tried to take things a day at a time and focus on the positive rather than fear.

There are many lessons to learn when going through cancer treatments or preparing for surgery. Not only are you learning how to take care of yourself in a whole new way, but you’re also learning life lessons that you would never expect. Alex explained, “God will take the things in the world that are bad and turn them into something good.” One example is how a new career opportunity opened up for Alex and he is now working for a company that offers genetic testing to inform people if they have certain genes that put them at a higher risk for cancer. By working in this field, Alex can achieve one of the goals he set for himself during his journey, which is to spread the word of God and cancer awareness.

Growing up, Alex always participated in Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk. Being from Lebanon, he has great pride in this community. It is now more important than ever for him to return the favor of love and support that he received during his treatments. Sometimes it takes going through a difficult time like battling cancer to realize how important it is to invest in your neighbors and community. Sometimes those are the people that will unexpectedly lift you up just in your time of need. Rachel gave a great testament by saying, “The biggest thing that we didn’t realize before Alex’s fight was how it affects everything in your life and everyone in your home. Even in remission, there are lasting effects that some people never know about.” Alex then explained, “It’s a big deal to have someone there supporting you and helping you through each step. Sherry’s Hope is there to offer that support.”

Most people do not realize that the registration fees for Sherry’s Run 5K Event go directly back to the community to support families who are fighting cancer. That simple registration fee could pay someone’s water bill, prescriptions, or medical copays, or help provide them transportation to and from their treatments. Sherry’s Hope would not be where it is today without the support of our community and God’s blessings. The non-profit organization depends on the registration fees from Sherry’s Run 5K Event to be the largest fundraiser to benefit Sherry’s Hope. This year on September 10th, 2022 we will gather for the 19th Annual Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk and honor Alex Hutto and his fight against Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Alex and Rachel would like to let the Wilson County community know how honored they are to be a part of this year’s Sherry’s Run 5K Event.

The 19th annual Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk to benefit Sherry’s Hope is scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Register today or join a team at Come join us as we make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer right here in our community.

Sherry’s Hope is a Christian, non-profit organization that works throughout the year to provide hope to families battling cancer in Wilson County and surrounding communities by offering emotional encouragement and financial assistance. In addition, Sherry’s Hope works to spread colon health awareness by distributing free colon cancer screening tests and providing colonoscopy assistance.

Click here to register for Sherry’s Run 5K event.  For more information, click here, call 615-925-2592, or email To learn more about Sherry’s Hope programs and services, visit, call 615-925-9932, or email  To make an online donation to Sherry’s Hope, click here.  Donations can also be mailed to: Sherry’s Hope, P.O. Box 8, Lebanon, TN 37088-0008.

Corrie Cluck

Faith, courage, optimism and a desire to help others were qualities that defined Sharon “Sherry” Patterson Whitaker. Both before and after the energetic wife and mother was diagnosed with colon cancer, the impression she made on her family, friends and community was undeniable. While her battle in the flesh was lost in 2004, the spirit she had shown throughout life continues to touch more lives every day. Because of Sherry’s Run, a 5K run/walk benefit organized in Sherry’s memory, area cancer victims and their families can make strides toward becoming cancer survivors, and researchers are a small step closer to stopping the disease for good.