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By JOHN B. BRYAN

Once again the “Sherry’s Run” event has surpassed all expectations with some 3,200 participants either walking or running the 5K track.           My wife and I have participated in the event each year since its inception, and this year we made it a family affair with all three of our children participating.           I am not a runner. I don’t like running. I have never liked running. I run the race for the cause. Evidently there are a lot more people like me who participate in this capacity. I witnessed a whole lot of tongues hanging out and out-of-shape participants just like me. We all were in pain together.            The pain I experienced during the run is nothing compared to those who struggle with the disease. That thought crossed my mind and kept me moving…slowly, but moving.           Sherry’s Run is much more than a 5K race. It is an event…a happening…a must-do in September.           I run to be a part of a great cause. I run to fight cancer. It has taken lives from many families. Cancer does not discriminate. Children, moms, dads, grandparents – no one is immune from this disease.            Sherry’s Run is a way to fight back and give back to our community. More than $150,000 was raised this year and that money will help local families survive through the struggle of dealing with cancer. That money will aid in awareness and early detection promotions. That money will help save lives.           This year’s event was unbelievable. To have that type of participation and to raise that amount of money in the economy we find ourselves in speaks volumes for this event and those who are behind the scenes making it happen.           Congratulations to the runners, walkers, team members and event organizers on a job well done. I can’t wait to see what next year’s run will be like.

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