Every year, fundraising dollars are collected and thousands of people tie up their shoes and walk or run for the annual Terry Fox event.
The third annual community event, organized by Brad Peavoy and volunteer helpers, kicked off at the Visitor Information Centre, Sept. 18.Twenty-one local adults and children raised $700 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
Under clear sunny skies, the small group ventured out on a four km route, marked by the Don Nicolson trail, the archery range and back to the Kaybob Drive walking trail. Several kids kept their legs moving, accomplishing the four km walk twice.
Certificates, stickers, ribbons, shirt giveaways and door prizes were provided. Freson IGA supplied free lunch, snacks and drinks.
“A big shout out to all the volunteers, sponsors and participants who made the run a success,” said Brad.
The National Terry Fox School Day run was Sept. 28. Organized by physical education teacher, Rob Volaric and staff; all studes were involved.
Grades 1-4 walked or ran around and around the track. Grades 5-12 met in the gym to set out for a two kilometer jaunt on a portion of the golf course trail.
Staff, students, Constable Harley Koehler and a few parents, joined the kids for the event.
A week long fundraising campaign, including hot dog sales, hat day, kidnap the teacher day and freezie day, collected over $1500.
“The support has been amazing all week,” said Rob.
Terry Fox was an active teenager involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee in 1977.
While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
He would call his journey the Marathon of Hope.
History – After 18 months and running over 5,000 kilometres (3,107 miles) to prepare, Terry started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 with little fanfare. Although it was difficult to garner attention in the beginning, enthusiasm soon grew, and the money collected along his route began to mount.
He ran close to 42 kilometres (26 miles) a day through Canada’s Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario. However, on September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared in his lungs.
An entire nation was stunned and saddened. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22. The heroic Canadian was gone, but his legacy was just beginning.
To date, over $550 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world. (Source: http://www.terryfox.org/)Print This Post