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Santa Comes For Sherry’s Run Patients


The Spirit of Christmas is all about light and hope. Who could use a great big dose of light and hope more than a family battling cancer at the holidays? That thought is what inspired the Sherry’s Run staff, board and volunteers to host a very special Breakfast With Santa event for their patients with children.

The event was a great success with more than 100 in attendance! The beautiful Tuckers Gap Event center provided a magical atmosphere for the morning. Santa came all the way from the North Pole to take pictures with the children. There were games, crafts, story time and of course, a delicious pancake breakfast!

Every child went home with a special stocking (stuffed by our friends at the Pavilion Senior Living Facility with items donated by Wilson County Sheriff’s office). And several families went home with large door prize baskets filled by our generous sponsors.

21400011“The mission of Sherry’s Run includes so much more than just financial support,” says Executive Board member, Kevin Bass. “It is about providing hope and walking alongside our neighbors battling cancer. What a joy it is to be a part of!”

Mark Marshall, Pastor of Gladeville Baptist Church, brought a special reminder message about the true meaning of the Christmas season. Also, several Sherry’s Run patient families used their talents to give back at this event. Al Ashworth (owner of Custom Color in Lebanon, TN) volunteered by taking photos of the kids with Santa and donated a color print for every family. Jill Smith (wife of a patient) donated her time as a storyteller. Teresa Harrison (wife of former patient, Lt. Bob Harrison) volunteered her time along with her nephew playing beautiful Christmas music to set the mood.

“We love every opportunity we have to interact with and know our patients and their families,” says Sherry’s Run Patient Coordinator, Alisa Eakes. “This event perfectly captured the spirit of hope that this organization is all about!”

This event would not have been possible without the support of these sponsors: Creative Graphics, Tucker’s Gap Event Center, Al’s Foodland, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, Family Video, Goody’s, The Lebanon Co-op, Salon Inspire, Friends in Stitches, Lebanon Distributing, Roxy Theatre, Demo’s, Pro Bowl, Sunset, 3:16, and Kids World Child Care.

With a new year beginning, Sherry’s Run invites you to consider being a part of bringing light and hope to your neighbors battling cancer in 2018. Consider making a one-time gift or becoming a monthly partner in hope.

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.