Craft Fair this weekend to benefit local cancer patients
by Tilly Dillehay Editor
“I did not know what to do when I found out about my cancer diagnoses,” Tony Bandy says. The Lafayette resident was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma, which has spread to the heart, a spot near the liver and other lesions through his body.
“I had no hope; my outlook was so gloomy and I was so down. I found out about Sherry’s Run and how they could help me in March of this year. I am very appreciative of this organization and what they have done to help me since my cancer diagnoses.
“They have paid my electric, water and gas bill, they provided groceries and assisted with my medical bills. I want to thank Macon Helps, who has also provided me with assistance. Without both of them and the support of my family, I don’t know what I would have done. I am currently still in treatment and doing much better. I am so glad we have a cancer support group like Sherry’s Run here in Macon county. Please give them a call if you are battling cancer.”
Bandy is just one of about 50 people in Macon County who have received help from Sherry’s Run in the 4.5 years since they first expanded to the area. Sherry’s Run, a non-profit cancer support organization, started in Wilson County about 10 years ago and is continually growing.
Now they have become a vital part of our own community, acting as vital financial and practical helpers to local people who are experiencing one of the hardest things a person ever has to face: a cancer diagnosis. Sherry’s Run assists patients 52 weeks a year with needs like gas, groceries, utility bills, housing payments, prescription assistance, health insurance premiums, and medical bills. They also provide anyone who asks with free colonoscopy assistance.
Supported by a large annual 5K event, as well as year-round donations, Executive Board Member Tiffy Clemons says that “the funds are there” to help even more people in Macon County.
Macon Bank & Trust is now partnering with Sherry’s Run to host a 1st Annual Craft Fair at the Macon County Fairgrounds, specifically to support local Sherry’s Run beneficiaries.
“There’s going to be over twenty booths,” said Debbie Mason of Macon Bank & Trust, who is spearheading the organization of the sale. “Kids clothes, crafts, food, pottery, wreaths… little bit of everything. Jimmy Goad is bringing his wagon, with those famous steak sandwiches, and all sorts of things. And his proceeds going straight to Sherry’s Run.” The rest of the money coming in through this sale is going to be through the $50 vendor’s fee—so Mason says they are looking to fill the grounds to capacity with them. “We want more vendors, if we can,” she said. “We’ll fill up the Sally Wells building first, and then we’ll go to the other buildings on the Fairgrounds.” Potential vendors can call Mason at 633-6764 or 666-6448.
There will also be “In Memory Of” and “In Honor Of” boards. Names can be placed on these boards for $1 each; they can be submitted from now until the sale, or they can be brought on Saturday.
The sale will be held Saturday-Sunday, October 26-27. Saturday hours are 8-5; Sunday hours are 1-5. “We really just want to let everyone know that this service is available,” said Mason. “And all the money you donate is staying in this area, going to people you may know.”
Clemons added, “And anyone can turn in a name. Just call or walk by our booth, and it can be done anonymously, if you aren’t comfortable… If you know someone in this position who is struggling… just let us know.”
The first thing Sherry’s Run staff does is to call the individual or their family, and talk with them about their diagnosis, their doctor, and their financial position. Then they mail them an application and get a letter of diagnosis, and look over some financial information to see where the most help is needed. All information given is totally confidential.
Can turn in a name—can be done anonymously. Just call or walk by our booth. If you know someone struggling. Free colonoscopy test kits. All information turned in is confidential.
After that, a patient can receive help for months and years. They can even go into remission, be taken off the lists, and come back on them again if the cancer returns.
It has literally changed lives.
“I really don’t know how my husband and I would have made it this far in his battle with cancer if it hadn’t been for Sherry’s Run and all of our friends,” said Teresa Coulter, whose husband Rickey is currently living with a cancer diagnosis. “Sherry’s Run has not only helped us financially, but they are also there with moral support, encouraging words, and a lot of love. Tiffy is the most wonderful person, I can call her and she always takes care of what we need immediately.
“I would encourage anyone battling with cancer to contact someone with the Sherry’s Run Foundation; they are truly life savers.”
For cancer support, or to submit a loved one’s name, call (615) 925-9932.
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