Since 2004, the second Saturday of each September has become synonymous with one event in Wilson County—the Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk. While Sherry’s Run 5K is a one-day event, the team works throughout the year to provide hope to those battling cancer in our community by offering financial assistance with everyday needs. To better reflect this important work carried out on a year-round basis, the organization decided a name change was in order. Sherry’s Hope was introduced in January 2021.
“I don’t think anyone who gathered for the very first Sherry’s Run 5K would have imagined where we are today,” says Executive Board Member, Scott Jasper. “With the outstanding support we receive from the community, we have been blessed to grow into so much more than a once-a-year run. It is our prayer that Sherry’s Hope will embody the hope that comes from shared burdens.”
The funds raised from those first few 5K events went to cancer research. It was in 2008 that an idea was presented to use the funds raised to help people battling cancer in our community by offering financial assistance with everyday necessities. That idea began the transition from a fundraising event to a full-fledged 501c3 non-profit organization. Since 2008, hundreds of individuals in our community fighting cancer have received assistance with utility bills, housing payments, prescription assistance, medical expenses, grocery assistance, and gas assistance.
Though the organization is undergoing a name change, this will not affect the assistance offered to those in our community who are facing cancer. In fact, it is the hope of the board and staff that this change will bring awareness to the year-round ministry made possible by the support from generous donors and run participants. “It has been amazing to watch this organization blossom from a small run into the non-profit organization it is today. We are truly blessed and so thankful for our supporters,” says staff member, Corrie Cluck, who also participated in the very first run held in memory of Sherry Whitaker. “Healing begins with hope and this community provides that hope to so many,” says Cluck.
The event our community has come to cherish will continue on every 2nd Saturday in September as the Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk to benefit Sherry’s Hope. The run is an important fundraiser for the work carried out by the Sherry’s Hope organization.
This year’s run will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 8 am at 623 West Main Street, Lebanon. Register for the 18th annual Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk to benefit Sherry’s Hope online at www.sherrysrun.org and click on the register button at the top of the page. Paper registration forms are available at the Sherry’s Hope office, 110 Babb Drive, Lebanon. Chip timed runner, participant and virtual/sleep in registrations are available. While you don’t have to join a team to participate in the 5K event, teams are a fun part of the Sherry’s Run 5K! Teams are a great way for a group to work together to support family, friends and neighbors who are fighting cancer. More team information is available at www.sherrysrun.org.
The organization wants everyone in our community to know that if you are fighting cancer, Sherry’s Hope is here for you. In addition to financial support, the non-profit also hosts monthly support group meetings. If you would like more information about our programs or if you or someone you know is undergoing cancer treatment and in need of assistance, please call 615-925-9932 or visit www.sherryshope.org.
18th Annual Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, September 11, 2021
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