Thousands of Canadians are expected to take part in this year’s Terry Fox Run for cancer research. The annual event, which takes place in communities across Saskatchewan, Canada, and 25 countries worldwide, raised nearly $1 million in Saskatchewan last year.
Terry Fox’s legacy began 32 years ago in 1980, when he decided to run across Canada to raise money to find a cure for cancer. Fox lost his right leg to cancer when he was 18, and the suffering he saw in cancer wards inspired him to begin what he called the Marathon of Hope. After running 5,373 kilometers over 143 days – a marathon a day – he was forced to stop because cancer had reappeared in his lungs. The Terry Fox Run was created in his memory, and has taken place every year since.
Funds raised at Terry Fox events across Canada and around the world go directly to funding innovative, translational research for all types of cancer. Since 1980, $600 million has been raised in Terry’s name and great strides have been made in cancer research.
The Terry Fox Run is a volunteer-driven event. No minimum pledges or entry fees are required, and people of all ages and from all walks of life are invited to participate. Whether you choose to run, walk, wheel, or ride, from coast to coast we will all be working together to outrun cancer.
In the Southwest, six communities have confirmed their Terry Fox Run participation to Saskatchewan's Terry Fox Foundation office.
Area runs are being hosted in the following communities:
Eastend - Sept. 14, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Eastend Kin Hut.
Maple Creek - Sept. 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Lions Park.
Richmound - Sept. 16, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Shaunavon - Sept. 16, noon to 4 p.m., Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre.
Swift Current - Sept. 16, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Riverside Park.
Abbey - Sept. 27, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Abbey School.
Anyone is welcome and encouraged to get a team together for the Terry Fox Run. Families fundraise together as teams, and groups of colleagues can form corporate teams. In memoriam teams are also common, and are a great way to honour someone. Registered teams receive a gift t-shirt and a kit with all the supplies they need to make their team a success. To register, call the Provincial Office at 1-888-836-9786 or go online to www.terryfox.org.