On Saturday, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team participated in the 10th Annual Sherry’s Run to benefit those affected by cancer.
Members of the Lady Tiger basketball team arrived in Lebanon, Tenn. early in the morning to take part in the actual run before assisting with clean-up at the conclusion of the race.
Because of Sherry’s Run, a 5K run/walk benefit organized in Sherry Patterson’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.
“It was a great experience just to be there and be involved in this fundraiser to fight cancer,” commented head Coach Larry Inman. “Cancer is one of the worst things in the world, it takes so many lives. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer about 20 years ago. Thank goodness she lived through it and beat it.”
In February 2003, Sharon “Sherry” Patterson Whitaker began to experience discomfort in her side. With no real sense of urgency, she visited a nurse practitioner several weeks later, at the encouragement of a friend. She was hospitalized immediately. A few days later, on a Friday, the diagnosis was made. Sherry had a deadly form of colon cancer known as adenocarcenoma.
She began an aggressive treatment plan that included surgery and three rounds of chemotherapy. In spite of valiant efforts and a positive outlook, Sherry Whitaker lost her battle on May 12, 2004.
A few weeks after her death a close friend, Tamara Lampsa, approached Sherry’s husband Gary with an idea about honoring her friend that could also help fight the deadly disease that took her life. After talking it over with friends and family and the group’s desire to take action led to a 5K run/walk to benefit the research and treatment of colon cancer, and Sherry’s Run was born.
“Every day they’re looking for cures,” coach Inman continued. “That’s the reason we run, in a hope that they can find a cure. And for those that are affected by it (cancer), Sherry’s Run allows them an opportunity at a better way of life going through a very difficult time.”
This year, Sherry’s Run had over 4,000 participants.