Another record-year for Sherrys Run
With Armstrongs encouragement along with cheers and applause from the crowd, Alex walked across the finish line, his father Nathan Johnson, lifting him high in the air.
Team Alex was one of many teams that donned shirts often identifying the names of loved ones battling cancer or those who have lost that battle.
Mt. Juliet High School basketball standout and breast cancer patient Ashley Roby led her team, named Robys Rebounders.
Last year, Roby ran the race but this year it had new meaning after she underwent a double mastectomy less than a year ago. Two weeks ago, Cockrill said she underwent reconstructive surgery. Cockrill noted, She made it her goal to be at the Run.
Also, Sherrys Run patient Claude Butler, 73, of Smith County is battling rectal cancer but made sure to be at the Run Saturday morning. During the Run he wore a cap with the message, Im Blessed, 1 Chronicles 4:10.
There are tons of stories, just like these few, that mean so very much if we just take the time to stop and listen, Cockrill said.
Rain affected the second-half of the event, including the live auction, but did not stop the Run from raising $234,016. That money will be used to help families that have been affected by any kind of cancer.
Cockrill noted in 2011, Sherrys Run provided money for gasoline, groceries and housing to cancer patients and their families for $88,691. The organization also paid 362 utility bills last year for $43,345, and 1,097 medical bills for $103,165 and 779 prescriptions for $22,587.
Volunteers also gave 7,800 hours to help those in need in 2011.
The 2012 Sherrys Run was dedicated to the memory of Dixie Taylor-Huff and was in honor of Tonyia Watson.
On behalf of the Sherrys Run Board of Directors we offer our sincerest thanks. The success of this event lies with everyone who chose to make a difference and supported Wilson Countys largest non-profit event, Cockrill said.
The following teams received awards during the event on Saturday:
Most Participants on a team: Hillcrest Baptist Church with 140 members, Captain Jason Baird.
Most Money raised (over entry fees): Maple Hill Church of Christ, $14,860.79, Captains Kayla Watson and Hope Sampson.
Most team spirit: Team Alex, Captains Michael and Nathan Johnson.
Sherrys Run Spirit Stick: Frankies Playhouse, Captain Frankie Phillips.
Best Team Sign: Tanseys Tah Tahs, Captain Michelle Lamberth.
The following were Saturdays race winners:
Female overall winner: Ginny Bond
Male overall winner: Austin Bentley
Female Masters winner: Amy Breedlove
Male Masters winner: Don Poston
Also, volunteer Scotty Ricketts received the 2012 Sherrys Run Volunteer of the Year award.
For a full list of winners by age category and runner times, please refer www.sherrysrun.org/5-k-results.