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The 2010 Sherry's Run is in Honor of Peggie Dill

LEBANON, TENN. – August 2, 2010 – The 2010 Sherry’s Run will honor Peggie Dill.

Peggie shared her story with Sherry’s Run:  In October 2009, Peggie Dill began having the vague symptom of abdominal pain that did not go away.  Within one week of doctor’s visits and tests, she received her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.  She and her husband, Ken, met with several oncologists in the Middle Tennessee area.  They then decided to get another medical opinion and flew to the Mayo Clinic, where their daughter, Sarah works.  The initial diagnosis was confirmed and surgery has not been an option for her due to the location and extent of the cancer.  Since then, she has undergone chemotherapy every week or two, and there have been many ups and downs along the way.

Peggie is a wife and mother of three children.  She recently retired from many years of teaching from Coles Ferry Elementary School.  Most recently, she taught second grade there.  She also enjoys reading and sewing, especially quilting.

Throughout this journey, the support and love from family, friends, church, employers and the community has lifted this family in a tremendous way that cannot be described.  Coles Ferry Elementary organized a walk for the students to promote awareness of the cancer and to demonstrate their love for Peggie.  The phone calls, visits, flowers, food and daily cards and prayers continue to provide strength and encouragement.

Peggie agreed to be a part of this years Sherry’s Run for a number of reasons.  Ken has worked closely with Gary at Wilson Bank & Trust for a number of years.  Through this association, we were able to know Sherry and observe how she, Gary and their family dealt with her disease with courage, caring and grace.  We also know that even though we have been blessed with tremendous support from all the people listed above, not everyone that deals with cancer has this kind of support.  Sherry’s Run is an organization at the local level that has done a tremendous job of providing this support.  

Sherry’s Run honors Peggie Dill at the 2010 event in hopes of inspiring others who are facing cancer through her example and all that she stands for as a wife, mother, teacher, friend and family member.

The seventh annual Sherry’s Run is scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 8 a.m. in Lebanon, beside the main office of Wilson Bank & Trust, 623 West Main Street.  Mark your calendar and make a commitment to become involved this year.

The mission of Sherry’s Run is to benefit those affected by cancer, with an emphasis on colon cancer.  Sherry’s Run will help any family affected by any kind of cancer that lives, works, goes to church or seeks treatment in Wilson County that has a true need. Sherry’s Run (www.sherrysrun.org) is a 501 (c) (3) organization.  It was started in memory of Sharon “Sherry” Patterson Whitaker who died at the age of 44 from colon cancer. Donations are tax deductible and can be made online.  For more information on Sherry’s Run, please call 615-975-1081 or 615-400-2032 or visit online.