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Sherry’s Run Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

Over 4,000 Participated in the 2013 Event – 750 Chip Timed Runners

Lebanon, TN – September 14, 2013 – The Tenth Annual Sherry’s Run was a day filled with blessings.  A crowd of over 4,000 participants gathered together to support Wilson County’s largest grassroots, faith-based fundraising effort; celebrating ten years of serving cancer patients in Wilson County and the surrounding communities.  Because of the generosity of our community, this year Sherry’s Run has raised over $320,000 to help cancer patients who are hurting.  

According to Tonyia Watson, Sherry’s Run Executive Board Member, “We are so humbled by the way that God has blessed Sherry’s Run through tremendous community and sponsor support.  With their commitment and dedication we are truly making a significant difference in the lives of local cancer patients. We salute all of our sponsorship partners, participants and volunteers with our heartfelt thanks for their generosity toward our cause. We are so proud of the work done by Sherry’s Run and are truly grateful for the opportunity to serve our neighbors who are fighting cancer.”

This year Sherry’s Run was thrilled to have 125 Teams.  Thanks to all those who formed and joined a team, the Team Chairs and all the Team Captains!  The following teams received awards:

•    Most Money Raised – Maple Hill church of Christ – $14,362.15 – Team Captain: Hope Sampson

•    Most Team Members – Team Climer – 138 members – Team Captain: Brian Dickens

•    Most Team Spirit – Frankie’s Playhouse / Team Mickey – Team Captain: Frankie Phillips

•    Best Team T-Shirt Competition – Dixie’s Chicks & Roosters – Team Captain: Mandy Dixon

A speechless Lounita Sampson received the 2013 Sherry’s Run Volunteer of the Year award.  Thanks to Lounita for her selfless efforts dedicated to serving those with cancer throughout the community.

Thank you to the more than 300 volunteers who work tirelessly and contributed countless hours to make this event successful.   Thanks to all who participated in the ‘Paint the Town Green’ campaign – you were instrumental in elevating the awareness of our event with green bows throughout our communities.  

Congratulations to the race winners:

•    Female overall winner: Hope Ilias
•    Male overall winner: Scott Fanning
•    Female Masters winner:  Amy Breedlove
•    Male Masters winner:  Don Poston

For a full list of winners by age category and runner times, please refer to or

On behalf of the Sherry’s Run Board of Directors we offer our sincerest thanks to each of you.  Your participation and support allows us to serve cancer patients 52 Weeks a Year; assisting with gas, groceries, prescriptions, housing payments, utility bills, health insurance premiums, medical bills and colonoscopy assistance.  

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

“Serving Cancer Patients 10 Years Running”

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.