Run, walk, bike or blade this Sunday in support of Terry Fox.
The 38th annual Terry Fox Run, hosted locally by the Tsawwassen Rotary Club, is set for the South Delta Recreation Centre. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the runs starts at 10 a.m. There are five-kilometre and 10-kilometre routes available.
“We recognize the limitless potential South Delta has to reach the public, recruit new volunteers and help us build on the $750 million already raised for cancer research worldwide, in Terry’s name,” said Terry Fox Foundation recruitment and promotions assistant Serena Meister.
“The Terry Fox Foundation differs from other non-profit organizations in that 82 cents of every dollar raised is donated directly to cancer research. Reaching out to the public is crucial as total community involvement is needed to maintain the high level of donations we raise for cancer research initiatives.”
Fox had a single dream: a world without cancer. He sought to reach out to every corner of Canada, and beyond, when he embarked on his Marathon of Hope.
Fox ran the equivalent of a marathon a day for 143 days straight on one leg. He did this to raise awareness of the need for cancer research funding. When his own cancer spread, he was forced to stop running, but his journey and his dream to find a cure for cancer lives on.
“The Terry Fox Run has been with us in South Delta since 1985,” said Donna White, British Columbia and Yukon provincial director. “An astounding $179,000 has been raised at the South Delta run for innovative cancer research.”
The Terry Fox Run is a non-competitive, all-inclusive, family oriented event. Registration is by donation and there is no minimum pledge amount. Participants have the option to be recognized as a corporate team, individual participants or even a member of “Terry’s Team” of cancer survivors. Every participant is a special part of the cause, as living proof that cancer research saves lives.
“If you’ve given a dollar, you are part of the Marathon of Hope,” added White. “Terry taught us that every contribution matters. We urge you to come out as a participant or volunteer to support a truly grassroots organization and help us continue to work together to outrun cancer.”