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The Sherry’s House All-Star Team Has the Marathon for You (And Half Marathon and 10K Walk too!)
You’ve set your Marathon and Half Marathon goals—now make it really count. Your dedication and determination can make a tremendous difference for kids struggling with cancer. Travel to the Quebec City, Las Vegas, or Bermuda Marathons with the Sherry’s House All Star Team.

The Sherry’s House All-Star Team Has the Marathon for You (And Half Marathon and 10K Walk too!)

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Friday, 1 June, 2007

Adding a vital cause can make your marathon and half marathon into a true adventure. And it provides the motivation required to go the distance. Your marathon and half marathon will be a life-changing event and a double triumph of the human spirit. When they give you that All-Star Team singlet, there will be pride in your heart.

The kids that use Why Me’s Sherry’s House facility and programs really need your help. Join the Sherry’s House Run/Walk All Star Team and your marathon can help heal and positively impact the lives of those most in need—kids and their families struggling every day with childhood cancer. You can run the Quebec City Marathon on August 26, 2006, The Las Vegas Marathon December 2, or the Bermuda Marathon and Half Marathon January 19-20, 2008.

These marathons (there is a reduced rate for running all three and for recruiting teammates) will be a terrific feather in your running hat. You can be there. You can do it. There are terrific opportunities for walkers too, and runners of every pace. In Quebec City you can run or walk the marathon, half marathon, and 10K—something for all. And Las Vegas also has both the marathon and half marathon. And in Bermuda there will be a marathon, half marathon, and 10K (walkers are welcome in the 10K).

And there are excellent professionally run training programs to help you get up to speed and get those essential long runs in. Training for Quebec City begins this month, and training for Las Vegas and Bermuda begins in September. Please check the Website for information sessions dates and details. All info sessions are held at the Sherry’s House facility in Worcester.

Please sign up now, and set those goals. Get it on the calendar in black and white so your target is clear. Sign up now to be a part of the Why Me organization’s Sherry’s House All Star Run/Walk Team. They can help you run in these exotic, memorable locations. But more importantly, you can help provide housing and essential services--and help the families that depend on the unique services of Why Me and Sherry’s House. They open their doors to all children and their families who need medical care for pediatric cancer, no matter which hospital they may be associated with. Please help make a difference! Though completed only three years ago, families have already come to Worcester to stay at Sherry’s House from Central New England, throughout the USA, Puerto Rico and Canada. Families are seeking treatment in Worcester or Boston pediatric cancer centers.

Information and planning sessions are planned at Sherry’s House, 1152 Pleasant Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. Again, please check the Website for information on both information and training sessions. However, you need not attend these meetings in person to sign up for the team. For more information visit their Website at, or call Founder and Sherry’s dad, Terry Shepherd, Executive Director for Why Me & Sherry’s House at 508 757-3311, or by e-mail at terences@sgllp. You can also reach the coach, Deb Greenslit at 774 234-0089 or

Benefits for You
This is how you benefit from this program: Join from around the country! Reach your fundraising goal and the Why Me organization will pay your transportation from Boston to Quebec, Las Vegas, or Bermuda, along with three days and two nights in Quebec City, and four nights and five days of lodging in Las Vegas and Bermuda. Entry fees are paid (guaranteed entry). And there is much, much more. For the New England team, professional training and coaching will be provided, and training runs arranged. For team members coming from elsewhere in the USA, training schedules, coaching and fundraising help will be available.

Where the All-Star Team is Going

Quebec City—European Charm in North America
Quebec City is a wonderful destination. It is the capital city of the Province of Quebec, and occupies a spectacular setting along the broad St. Lawrence River. It is America’s only walled city north of Mexico, and seems to have more of a European flavor. The Lower City along the river, and the Upper City with the landmark Chateau Frontenac above the cliffs make for an impressive site. It was originally the Indian village of Stadacona, and Samuel de Champlain established a trading post adjacent to the village in 1608.

Las Vegas—the Course Provides a Totally Different View of Desert Beauty
Run the Vegas Strip and you’ll never walk it the same way again! If you have been to Las Vegas you will want to return. If not, this is a terrific opportunity to visit the Strip, enjoy some great meals, and take in a show. You will have extra time to really enjoy the city and surrounding region. Runners take off to the Blue Man Group with acts and bands all along the course.

Bermuda – Bermuda International Race
You will have the opportunity to experience all of what Bermuda has to offer as a vacation experience; from their beaches to their golf courses plus, a first-class hotel to call home.

Bermuda is a string of islands totaling only 20.6 square miles, but they pack a lot into these islands—and it is beautiful. It is 568 miles off the coast of the United States, but seems a world apart. Shaped like an elongated fishhook, it is made up of over 300 separate islands, with a “Main Island”. It is surrounded by coral reefs (the northernmost in the world), and the color of the water is unforgettable. The islands are clean and colorful as well. The marathon is fairly flat. In fact, the highest point on the islands is 268 feet. You will also find it comfortable in January with an average temperature of 57 degrees. Trees, shrubs, and flowers make for a beautiful, exotic tour. And there are surprises, such as the museum dedicated to the American Civil War. Once again, once you experience it, you will want to return.

Building and Helping—Your Efforts are Critically Important
This is the 8th year for the Sherry’s House All-Star Run/Walk Team. During that time their teams have raised over $750,000 to build and maintain Sherry’s House and to fund support programs to help kids with cancer! The All-Star Team’s recent outings included the Bermuda Marathon this past January (The program began with the Bermuda Marathon in 2000, the first All Star Team). The Las Vegas Marathon and Las Vegas Half Marathon are scheduled for the second year. And everyone is excited about returning to Bermuda next January. And there is also tremendous excitement in returning to Quebec City. These three venues provide excellent variety and opportunities for runners—and walkers—of all abilities.

About Why Me and Sherry’s House
Why Me & Sherry’s House helps families remain psychologically and financially sound through the devastating treatment process, and, when necessary, during the loss of a child to cancer. No family is ever turned away.

Over the past 22 years, Why Me has always had one guiding principle. To provide the love and encouragement families need to successfully fight this devastating disease. To accomplish this, they are often called upon to wear many hats. Whether it is to provide family financial & emotional assistance, provide daily living support, create family fun events & activities, offer end of life care and bereavement support, provide a child-friendly home for overnight stays at Sherry’s House, or simply providing an encouraging word or offering a much needed hug.

Not only are their services available to all Central New England families, but also families have come from Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey and New York for a stay at Sherry’s House while receiving their child’s treatment. They take referrals from any hospital, cancer center or pediatric oncologist.

The comprehensive care and support provided is absolutely free for all children and families; support is long term because the effects of cancer are long term, no matter the outcome of treatment; The Why Me organization is independent of any national or medical facility affiliation, an independent and certified non-profit; amazingly, their administrative costs are an incredibly low 10%, so nearly all money raised goes directly to programs to help their families. This charity is very different, very special.

Why Me has been helping families of kids with cancer since 1985, and Sherry’s House, a facility that houses and cares for families, opened three years ago. It is not a medical facility. It is dedicated to healing—healing in two ways. They help children recover from cancer and intensive medical intervention; and they help parents & siblings heal when bereavement support becomes necessary. If needed, families may use their completely private & separate Family Comfort/Hospice apartment at Sherry’s House for end-of-care for their child.

Why Me & their Sherry’s House facility is also home to many activities and events: Social visits and ongoing support, family fun and games, respite care, mentoring and survivorship, special celebrations, a cancer resource and research center, the Children’s Learning Center, and it is the administrative and organizational home of Why Me.
Why Me and Sherry’s House facilities are at 1152 Pleasant Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, 01602. Their phone is (508) 757-7734, and fax is (508) 757-5119. At present they are serving 375 central New England families, and the demand is growing daily. Check out their Web Site at

This is What They Do
Why Me provides help with all aspects of dealing with a child’s cancer. This includes the children themselves, of course, but also parents and siblings. Why Me provides assistance for lives irrevocably changed, no matter the prognosis or outcome. All support and services are offered to the whole family completely free of charge. And that is why this marathon program—and your efforts—are so important.

Program Highlights
In battling cancer, information is key. Experienced and sensitive staff and volunteers will personally “walk” with family members through the treatment process and well beyond, personally connecting them to support and resources.

Comforting Children is vitally important. Daily visits include teddy bears, games and toys, puppet play, refreshments, and laughter. They celebrate birthdays and treatment milestones, and offer loot from the “Treasure Chest” when kids complete a painful procedure. Hosting children for concerts, sports events and day passes to fun attractions has proved tremendously successful. Complementary therapies like massage and acupuncture are offered to help reduce pain. The Why Me Sibling Support Program is dedicated to helping brothers and sisters cope with the many changes and difficulties that cancer brings.

Family daily living support is essential. The program provides housing during cancer treatment at Sherry’s House, transportation, meal and food assistance, childcare, and Parents’ Necessities Kits (prepaid phone cards, toiletries, playing cards, and other essentials that help them get through long hospital stays). They connect child-to-child, mom-to-mom, family-to-family, and this has far-reaching benefits for coping. Emotional support components include individual support, mentoring, social support clubs for parents and kids, family getaway retreats, and end of life and bereavement support. Family fun is ongoing in order to help kids cope. And they have educational support.

Family direct financial assistance helps to overcome financial worries and concentrate on the job at hand—healing. Families can receive financial assistance for items such as rent, mortgage, utilities, food, transportation, clothing and funeral expenses. Financial planning and debt management services are also available. Their In-Hospital Fund assists with emergency food, communications, and transportation needs while in treatment.

Respite, Hospice, End of Life and Bereavement Support: Their strongest component program. Staff and volunteers at Why Me & Sherry’s House help families meet the day to day challenges of caring for a child dying of cancer. Their bereavement support helps both parents and siblings move beyond their devastating loss. Their Family Comfort Suite provides a safe, compassionate alternative, away from hospital and home, for families facing end of life care for their child.

Run One or Run All
Run a marathon and create memories for a lifetime. Meet new friends, and travel to wonderful locations. You can do it! You can! The Why Me organization, conceived and dedicated to helping kids—and their families—battling cancer, has a terrific opportunity for all runners. Distance running experience is not required, but the end result just may be the experience of a lifetime. This, my friends, is for adventurous, caring people. This is the opportunity you have been waiting for. Make your marathon goal doubly rewarding by joining a great cause. Visit or call them at 508 757-7734.



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