In the 1-14 female age group in Sherrys Run in 2011, Ashley was in 7th place with a time of 28:36:00. In one year she would be diagnosed with breast cancer, have a bi-lateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Ashley wants to promote the Sherrys Run event on Sept. 8 because she knows first-hand how vital an impact the organization can make in the life of a cancer patient.
Ashley and her 9-year-old brother, Derrick, live with their mother, Kim Dobson. A single mother, Kim works at Sprint Wireless in Mt. Juliet. During March and April, Kim had to utilize the companys FMLA program to care for Ashley during her daughters surgery and recovery no income was available for Kim during this time.
Tony Dedman, I.T. director at Cumberland University, coordinated the schools IT contract with Sprint through Kim and knew of her plight. He contacted Sherrys Run for help, and Patient Assistant Director Kathy Fyke met with Kim in March. Kathy offered financial assistance through Sherrys Run with Kims living expenses, including rent, utilities, groceries and gas gift cards. Kim was relieved and amazed at Sherrys Runs services and consideration.
But there was more to their connection Dale Dobson, Kims mother-in-law, was a Sherrys Run patient and also had breast cancer, which claimed her life two years ago. The help from Sherrys Run is working toward keeping that fate from Ashley as she rebounds from her own battle with cancer, helping her mother hold their life together and rebuild it for their future.
Supporters of Sherrys Run have an incredible giving spirit, one that this area prides itself on, a spokesperson said, noting in this spirit, the Sherrys Run organization is truly making a difference in the lives of those who are battling cancer.
The funds raised go to help cancer patients in our community, people we see often and know well, or those who hope to build a future here, like Ashley, Vanderbilts youngest breast cancer patient, the spokesperson added.
The ninth annual Sherrys Run is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, at 8 a.m. in Lebanon, beside the main office of Wilson Bank & Trust, 623 West Main Street. Mark your calendar and make a commitment to join everyone. Registration is open now. Log on to www.SherrysRun.org to sign up.
The mission of Sherrys 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 Sherrys Run or to refer someone who might qualify for assistance, call 925-2592 or visit www.sherrysrun.org.