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Tiffiney Hammock: Another Everyday Hero


Being a mother, working a full-time job, and battling cancer. These three descriptions should never be together, but this is exactly what Tiffiney Hammock faced in April, 2012. 

Breast cancer was the diagnosis and the first hurdle that Tiffiney faced was a lumpectomy.

From the moment she realized she had cancer, Tiffiney feared the idea of a mastectomy. Her doctor informed her that her only chance for survival would be to remove her breast.  Tiffiney’s first instinct was to refuse, but her husband, Samuel, lovingly encouraged her to fight.

With her family supporting her, Tiffiney bravely faced the mastectomy that she so dreaded, only to find out she would face her second hurdle in August: chemotherapy. “I sat in the parking lot for an hour trying to work up the courage to go in,” said Tiffiney about her first chemo treatment. But as she sat in the waiting room with tears streaming down her face, a fellow fighter came to her rescue. A man who was further along in his treatment came across the room to sit with her and hold her hand. He told her he had been right where she was and that he would come and hold her hand for every treatment if that’s what she needed him to do.

Throughout her visits to the doctor, Tiffiney said she kept hearing about this woman named Sherry who had also fought cancer. At the time Tiffiney said, “I just wasn’t ready to hear a story about a woman who had died.”

She would continue with the chemo treatment every three weeks and though it made her very sick she kept a very positive outlook saying, “If I believe it…I will receive it!” Because of the illness that accompanied Tiffiney’s treatments, she had to miss work for several months, putting a greater strain on the family’s already tight budget. So, when Tiffiney was referred to Sherry’s Run again in January, 2013 by the Castillian Springs Utilities, she was finally ready to see what this was all about. When she called and spoke with Tonyia Watson, Sherry’s Run Director of Patient Assistance, she was overwhelmed by the generosity. “It was so refreshing to find people who genuinely cared,” says Tiffiney.

Now, more than a year later, Tiffiney is cancer free, on the mend, and grateful. She said she already feels like a survivor and believes everything she has been through has been a blessing that has brought her closer to God and closer to her family. She wants to pay forward the blessing she has received saying, “Now I try to pass along Sherry to others who are battling like me.”

Do you know someone who is battling and needs help from people who genuinely care? If so, please share Sherry with them.

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.