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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...

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.

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2021 Sherry's Run 5K Held In Memory of Al Ashworth

Al Ashworth: An Original, Not a Copy

Al Ashworth was a leader in the Lebanon community, an author, an entrepreneur, and a mentor to others. “He was a giver; and he had the biggest heart,” his wife Claudine explained. Al loved to teach and pass down his knowledge about photography to others. For years, he had a classroom in the back of Custom Color Photo, his photo processing business/studio on West Main Street. One of his joys was watching his photography students get excited about learning new techniques. He challenged them to find unusual angles and fresh ideas for their projects. He often told them, “You were born an original; don’t die a copy.” Over the years, he taught students from ages 12-94. “That 94-year-old just had a point and shoot camera,” Claudine remembered, “but he gave her the same attention he would’ve given to someone who had expensive equipment. He just wanted to share his knowledge with others.”

Al was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016, but he never missed a full day of work because of his diagnosis. He was optimistic about life, loved his clients, and gave his best on every job he tackled. Claudine was proud of his work ethic: “After shooting an event, he wouldn’t sleep until the pictures were processed, loaded onto the computer, and ready to be viewed first thing the next morning…He didn’t have children, so his work was his baby. He nurtured it and loved it!” Even while he fought cancer, he never procrastinated or took shortcuts. Before he passed away from Covid in January, he moved a bed in the back of the store where he could lie down, work a while, and rest again. During the last couple of months of his life, he often spent the night in the store because he was too worn out to go home.

“He was such a cheerleader for other cancer patients,” Claudine smiled. “He got his chemo locally, and he would talk to the other people there and give them hope. He wanted everyone to reach for the stars.” Al encouraged some of those people to contact Sherry’s Hope about getting assistance. “He had done a lot of volunteer photography for them during the races and other events back when he was healthy,” Claudine explained. In 2017, “Sherry’s Hope sponsored a Christmas event where the kids of cancer patients had breakfast with Santa Claus and Al loved being the photographer for that.” Al constantly looked for opportunities where he could give back to the community and Sherry’s Hope was an organization that was dear to his heart. He never dreamed back then that he would one day be diagnosed with cancer and become a beneficiary of Sherry’s Hope like so many others who struggle with the overwhelming effects of this disease. Claudine sang the praises of Sherry’s Hope because they encouraged and supported the Ashworths during the toughest of times: “They helped us with some of the doctor and hospital bills for over a year. I don’t know how we could have made it without their help.” The people at Sherry’s Hope also called frequently to check on Al’s progress and lift him up in prayer. To show his gratitude, Al donated a large portion of the proceeds of his last book, No Snow Days, to the organization. Claudine bowed her head and said with assurance, “We truly believe in what they do in this community.”

Sherry’s Hope Executive Board Member Kevin Bass had fond memories of his associations with Al: “He walked to the beat of a different drummer than most people, but the beat he walked to was beautiful. Al would have done anything for anybody.” Al was a constant figure at the starting line for the Sherry’s Run 5K event making sure he or one of his students got the perfect picture. This year the Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk will be held in Al’s memory.

Al was multi-talented: “The word is SKILLED,” Claudine laughed. “He was skilled at everything his hands touched. I used to call him the Golden Child because he could do so many things well.” Al had three computer degrees and he could build, repair, and program any computer. He was an accomplished bass player from his youth. “He played bass at his church,” Claudine said with a twinkle in her eye. “His grandmother, Nellie Ashworth, couldn’t read or write, but she instilled the love of Jesus in him at an early age.” She made sure he was at church each week and he became an active participant in the worship there. Al also played piano, blogged, and became an on-air and media personality who had friends all across the country. He was passionate about politics and always enjoyed a good debate. In high school, he was a star basketball player. Claudine stressed over and over how intelligent he was, “and the wide variety of his knowledge was amazing!” His friend Rocky Gann agreed: “Al had a lethal combination of knowledge and work ethic…And I think that was his key to success.”

Because of their faith in God, neither Al nor Claudine feared death. “We’re both strong believers in the sovereignty of God,” Claudine explained. “Al used to always say, ‘But GOD--’ like this or that could happen, but GOD could turn it around.” She and Al met when they both worked at UMC years ago. “We were together forty years,” she smiled. “We can’t complain. God is sovereign and He doesn’t make mistakes.” She understands that life is a gift and you take what you’re handed, do the best you can with it, and show appreciation even in the hardest moments.

Today, you can still find Claudine working daily at Custom Color Photo, a job where she and Al worked side by side during most of their years together. She also volunteers at her church ministering to former addicts and affirming their worth by teaching them about God’s unconditional love. “Your life is sometimes different than you thought it was going to be. But GOD---He’s going to get me through this!”

The 18th annual Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk to benefit Sherry’s Hope is Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 8 am.  Click here to register online or join a team and make a difference in the lives of those in our community affected by cancer.

Sherry’s Hope is a 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.

To learn more about Sherry’s Hope, please call 615-925-2592 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To refer someone for assistance, please call 615-925-9932, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.sherryshope.org. To make a donation to Sherry’s Hope click here or mail donations to Sherry’s Hope, P.O. Box 8, Lebanon, TN 37088-0008.

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Gabby Aulds - 2021 Sherry's Run 5K Honoree

Many people in Wilson County know Gabby Aulds’ name because she was on their prayer chain at some point. Her name means “God is my strength” and God is certainly the star of Gabby’s story.

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Alta Lee: God's Got This

 

If you talk to Alta Lee for more than 20 minutes, you’re going to hear her say “God’s got this” at least five times.

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Sherry's Run Changes Name To Sherry's Hope

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Your Run Gives Hope

 

 

The busiest spot in Lebanon on Saturday morning, September 14th was the Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk! Over 3,500 people gathered to participate in the 16th Annual Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk, including 578 chip timed runners!

The Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Sherry’s Run organization. This year more than $271,000 was raised from the event. The tremendous support of the community will allow the Sherry’s Run organization to provide financial assistance, spiritual and emotional support for families in Wilson County and surrounding communities who are battling a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The 2019 Sherry’s Run 5K was in honor of Todd and Diane Smith. Todd and Diane are longtime supporters of the Sherry’s Run organization. Todd manages the Sonic restaurant on West Main Street in Lebanon and Diane manages the Sonic location in Carthage. Todd and Diane are an inspiration with their positive attitudes and faith in God as they have both faced battles with cancer.

The 2019 Sherry’s Run 5K was in memory of Geoff Sadler. Geoff and Heather clung to their faith throughout Geoff’s battle with cancer. Geoff lost his earthly battle with esophageal cancer in November of 2018. Although it hasn’t always been easy, Heather chooses to trust that God is upholding her family and will bring good from their journey. Throughout their journey, Geoff encouraged Heather to trust in God’s plan for their lives and to use their story to encourage others.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk! There were 141 teams who participated. The following teams received awards:

            Most participants on a team: Wilson Bank & Trust; Team Captain: Wendy Anderson

            Most money raised (over entry fees): Whit’s Warriors; Team Captain: Tammy Robertson

            Most team spirit: Sadler Princess Protection Agency; Team Captain: Heather Sadler

            Team t-shirt competition: Team Toni; Team Captain: Toni Johnson

A huge thank you to the more than 600 volunteers who worked hard and spent countless hours to make the Sherry’s Run 5K event successful! Without their tireless efforts this event would not be possible!

Congratulations to the race winners:

            Female Overall Winner: Trish Graves

            Male Overall Winner: Anthony Reeves

            Female Masters Winner: Linda Lamott

            Male Masters Winner: Brett Seybold

           

For a complete listing of all winners by age category and runner times, please visit www.besttimescct.com/results/Sherry19.HTML 

Be sure to save the date for the 17th Annual Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 12, 2020!

Sherry’s Run, Wilson County’s largest grassroots cancer fundraising effort, is a non-profit, Christian organization that has helped hundreds of individuals and their families during some of the hardest times of their lives. With community support and involvement, Sherry’s Run helps members of our community year round through support groups; assistance with utilities, housing, prescriptions, medical bills, gas and groceries; and colonoscopy assistance.

To learn more about the Sherry’s Run organization, please call 615-925-2592. To refer someone for assistance, please call 615-925-9932 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To make a donation to Sherry’s Run, click here or mail donations to Sherry’s Run, P.O. Box 8, Lebanon, TN 37088-0008.

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Lochinvar, LLC Continues Support for Sherry's Run

 

Lochinvar, LLC recently presented a $10,000 check to the Sherry’s Run organization for their sponsorship for the upcoming Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk.

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Buckeye Drugs Makes Donation to Sherry’s Run

 

Buckeye Drugs Makes Donation to Sherry’s Run 

Buckeye Drugs in Lebanon recently presented a $5,000 check to the Sherry’s Run organization as part of their sponsorship for the upcoming Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk.

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Sherry’s Run Organization Provides Assistance in Macon County

The Sherry’s Run organization works year round to provide financial, spiritual and emotional assistance to those in the community who are battling cancer. In 2018, the Sherry’s Run organization provided over $44,600 in assistance to 30 patients and their families in Macon County.

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Colon Cancer Screenings Can Save Your Life

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer screening is very important to the Sherry’s Run organization because of the battle Sherry Whitaker, the namesake of Sherry’s Run, faced with the deadly disease. Sherry was a 44 year old wife and mother of two young boys when she died from colon cancer. She did not have a history of colon cancer in her family and she was under the age for typical recommended screenings.

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Mardi Gras at the Capitol Raises Over $100,000 for Sherry's Run

On Friday, February 1, people from across Wilson County showed up in a big way for Mardi Gras at the Capitol to benefit the Sherry’s Run organization.

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Pat Lawson Named Executive Director for Sherry's Run Organization

The Sherry’s Run organization is excited to announce the hiring of Pat Lawson as the Executive Director.  

“We are excited to have Pat join the staff of the Sherry’s Run organization,” said Scott Jasper, Sherry’s Run Executive Board member.

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Sherry's Run Board Names Chairs for 4th Annual Mardi Gras at the Capitol Event

 

The Sherry’s Run Executive Board is excited to announce Glenn and Julie Miller-Wilson are the official chairs for the 4th annual Mardi Gras at the Capitol to be held Friday, February 1, 2019.  

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Breast Cancer: It's Not Just A Woman's Disease

 

“You have invasive breast cancer.” Those are words that an estimated 266,120 women in the United States will hear this year. They definitely aren’t the words Steve Sempsrott from Lebanon ever expected he would hear from his doctor.

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Breast Cancer Knows No Boundaries: A Young Mother’s Story

 

 

“You are too young to have breast cancer.” These are words Toni Roberts of Lebanon wants to make sure women don’t hear and believe.

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15th Annual Sherry's Run - A Legacy of Hope

 More Than 3,000 Participated in the 2018 Event – 486 of those were chip timed runners

Anniversaries are special…a time to reflect on how far you have come and everything you have accomplished. This was the spirit surrounding the 15th annual Sherry’s Run event. Thousands gathered to celebrate the tremendous support that our community has poured out for cancer patients and their families. One participant commented how incredible it was to see “such a great cloud of witnesses” showing up to stand with those who have fought and those who are still fighting!

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Be Aware. Plan Ahead. - Sherry's Run Road Closures

 

Road Closures for the 15th annual Sherry's Run 5K Run/Walk slated for Saturday, September 8th at 8am.  

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"Community Pastor", Larry Locke Remembered At Sherry's Run

 

Larry Locke, and his wife Carol, spent the last 40 years ministering to the Lebanon community. Though Locke certainly cared for and spent much time with his own congregation, the College Hills church of Christ, his passion was for the most marginalized in this community.

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Bryson Honored At Sherry’s Run

 

The faithful support of many local businesses is the backbone of a local faith based organization called Sherry’s Run. “Many of our corporate sponsors have been with us for 5, 10 or even 15 years,” says Jane Hay, Executive Board Member. “So many of the business owners give because they care and want to give back to their community.”

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Giving Hope Through Sherry's Run

Cancer.  A diagnosis that no one ever wants to receive but one in three of us will and is the toughest thing most of us will ever face.  If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, could you imagine facing it alone and without needed resources to help you?  No!  You’d hope for a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way.  Sherry’s Run makes the connection between the wonderful, giving members of our community who want to help and those who are hurting and need assistance while battling cancer.  With donations from here in our community, Sherry’s Run supporters are truly making a difference in the lives of our neighbors.  When you can’t run the race that is before you – we will carry you.  That’s what neighbors do – and that is one of the many reasons that Sherry’s Run is so important.  What started as a love for one woman has turned into an explosion of grace for this community.  

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Sherry's Run Honors Patient Beloved By Community

After more than 30 years of providing a quality barber shop experience in Lebanon, TN, Dwight Huddleston has become a bit of a local legend. He has cut the hair of well-known local names like former sheriff, Terry Ashe, and Judge Wootten. He’s even given a trim to country music singer, Trace Adkins. 

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