Jenni Sharpe 5K draws smaller crowd

WINNSBORO – The crowd was small, but the intentions were mighty. Year four of the Jenni Sharpe Memorial 5K, held Sat., March 14, had a smaller turnout than previous years, largely from the beginnings of coronavirus shutdowns.

The run is held annually as a memorial for former Winnsboro resident Jenni Caldwell Sharpe. Sharpe, who passed away in January 2016 after a brief battle with cervical cancer, was known in the community for her kind and giving heart. It’s that same community that comes together each year to give back through the 5K in honor of Sharpe’s memory.

“One of the most important things I have learned from this experience is to take time to enjoy life,” Sharpe wrote in a blog she started after her cancer diagnosis. “Take time to be with the people most important to you and do the things that mean the most to you. Have a servants’ heart and frequently do things to help others.”

Sharpe’s family continues her legacy of giving through the memorial scholarship, which has given over $18,000 in scholarships to graduating students from Fairfield Central and Richard Winn in its first three years of existence.