It was 33 years ago, that 21-year-old Terry Fox decided to run across Canada. His goal was simple, to have each Canadian donate just $1 to go toward cancer research. Today, over $600 million has been raised in Terry Fox’s name at Terry Fox Runs that take place all over Canada and in 28 countries around the world.
It was after losing his leg to cancer, that Terry realized the minimal funding for cancer research in Canada. This thought, which became his motivation for the Marathon of Hope, has remained the mission of The Terry Fox Foundation, to maintain the vision and principles of Terry Fox, while raising money for cancer research.
After 143 days of running a marathon a day on his prosthetic leg, Terry was forced to quit, but his legacy did not.
Approximately 750 communities in Canada are currently gearing up and preparing for The Terry Fox Run, which will occur on Sept. 15. Last year, over $1 million was raised in Saskatchewan. People from across Saskatchewan will be taking part this year and hoping to beat last year’s total.
The Terry Fox Run has remained a unique volunteer-driven event. No minimum pledges or entry fees are required, creating a truly inclusive event. Everyone is welcome to run, walk, wheel or ride and work together to outrun cancer!
In the Southwest, events are scheduled in Abbey, Eastend, Gull Lake, Maple Creek, Shaunavon and Swift Current.