On top of the prospect of battling cancer, John was also facing other immediate obstacles. Being unable to go back to work left him with few means to support himself and his son. He also had no insurance. It all added up to more suffering than he might have been able to handle alone.
As he began treatments, John’s mother, Christie True, began staying with him and Zachery as often as she could and helped them out around the house. More help would come when John’s sister, Tandy Reid, reached out to Sherry’s Run online. After visiting with John and his family, Sherry’s Run representatives would see to it that John received help with day-to-day expenses like house payments, an electric bill, groceries and gas.
While John knows the future is uncertain, and the long road ahead will no doubt involve more troubles, he’s grateful for all the help that has allowed him to continue providing a life for Zachery and managing his household. While he would have been willing to take on cancer with help only from the medical professionals who administer his treatments, the assistance in other areas has helped him press on while living life as close to normally as possible.
And that makes him glad that, for once, his suffering has not been done in silence.
Sherry’s Run helps make the connection between the wonderful, giving members of our community who want to help and those who are hurting and need financial assistance while battling cancer. With donations from here in the community, Sherry’s Run supporters are truly making a difference in the lives of our neighbors, a spokesperson said.
The 5K Run/Walk is the largest fundraiser of the year for Sherry’s Run. It is held annually the second Saturday in September (close to Sherry’s birthday). The Sherry’s Run Event Site is at 623 West Main Street, Lebanon. The new certified course, TN10011MS, offers disposable chip timing (with start and finish mats) provided by Best Times (www.besttimescct.com), Memphis.
Mark your calendar and make a commitment to become involved this year. Registration forms are available online or by calling. All participants registered by Aug. 31 will be guaranteed a Sherry’s Run Shirt. Prizes to the top overall male and female 5K run finishers and Overall Master (men and women’s winner) first, second, and third place awards for each age group.
The mission of Sherry’s Run is to benefit those affected by cancer, with an emphasis on colon cancer. Sherry’s Run will help any family affected by any kind of cancer that lives, works, goes to church or seeks treatment in Wilson County or our surrounding communities that has a true need. Sherry’s Run (www.sherrysrun.org) is a 501 (c) (3) organization.
It was started in memory of Sharon “Sherry” Patterson Whitaker who died at the age of 44 from colon cancer. Donations are tax deductible and can be made online. For more information on Sherry’s Run, call 975-1081 or 400-2032 or visit online.