“SHERRY’S RUN IS HOW GOD USES OTHER PEOPLE TO GET YOU THROUGH”

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Lebanon, TN August 26, 2013 – At this year’s 10th annual Run/Walk on Saturday, September 14th, Sherry’s Run will honor Ronnie Lawson.

In April of 2003 after driving back from a race at the Nashville Speedway, the then 22-year-old Ronnie Lawson began feeling dizzy and lightheaded.  A few moments later, he was suddenly unable to control his vehicle that was speeding down the interstate and carrying his fiancé of four months, Brittany.  Immediately grabbing the steering wheel, Brittany reached the brake petal and amazingly pulled the car over to the side of the interstate safely.  Shook up and confused, she immediately called an ambulance.

The diagnosis was that he had experienced a seizure while driving.  Just a few days later, after being forced by his Mom and Brittany, Ronnie went to the hospital where several tests were conducted to find what the exact cause of his seizure was.  While waiting for the results, two security guards approached him and told him that he could not leave the premises—that was the moment when he knew something was terribly wrong.

The doctor had diagnosed him with a stage two Oligodendroglioma, which is a tumor that resides in the brain, located behind his right eye.  He began immediately taking treatments including chemo and radiation in order to help stop the progression the cancer.  This vicious cycle continued for 7 years.  

During this difficult time, Ronnie decided to continue on with life instead of just giving up.  He and Brittany got married on August 23rd, 2003.  Even though they had to move the original date up so that his chemotherapy would not conflict with the events, it was the happiest time of their lives.  Starting a family was also something they both wanted and were totally thrilled when their son, Jordan was born in January of 2007 while Ronnie was in remission.  “There’s nothing quite like parenthood.  It’s just special,” said Lawson.  His family is what keeps him fighting even on the hardest of days.

Later in 2010 Ronnie began noticing some changes in his health.  He returned to the doctor, where they informed him that his tumor had advanced to stage three.  After various treatments as well as surgeries, it seemed as though nothing would stop its advancement.  His tumor eventually led to his optic nerve, which has caused some vision problems for Ronnie.  

He first heard of Sherry’s Run through his wife’s friend.  The representative had offered to help when they heard about Ronnie’s health; however, Ronnie turned it down.  “I just felt like other people needed it more than we did - people with more kids, perhaps.”  After surgery and several treatments, finances began to take a toll on the young family, as it would anybody.  “We didn’t have to approach them for help, they contacted us.  Their generosity has made my family’s life and mine easier.  I cannot say thank you enough.”

Ronnie is a loving husband and father.  He has experienced several obstacles in his life; however, he has a support system that never lets him fall.  His wife Brittany has held his hand through all of it. “That girl is amazing,” said Lawson, “she is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”  Hillcrest Baptist Church has also been a form encouragement for him.  “I’m a very religious man.  I’m faithful to the Lord and I know He has a plan.“  It’s through his faith in God that Ronnie finds peace and hope.

Sherry’s Run honors Ronnie Lawson at the 2013 Run/Walk in hopes of inspiring others who may be facing cancer through his remarkable example.  He is proof that through determination and faith, anything can be overcome.

Come join us as we make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer right here in our community. The tenth annual Sherry’s Run is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. in Lebanon, beside the main office of Wilson Bank & Trust, 623 West Main Street. Mark your calendar and make a commitment to join us. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Log on to www.SherrysRun.org to sign up.

The mission of Sherry’s Run: Through faith and love create an environment for all those affected by cancer, which provides hope, knowledge, assistance, support and compassion. To learn more about Sherry’s Run, please call 615-925-2592.  To refer someone who might qualify for assistance, please call 615-925-9932 or visit www.sherrysrun.org

“Serving Cancer Patients 10 Years Running”