Terry Fox Run returning to Creemore Sept. 17
Hundreds of thousands of people across Canada are expected to participate in the Annual Terry Fox Run on Sept. 17, a fundraising event taking place in over 700 communities nation-wide that continue to embody the indomitable spirit of Terry Fox.
“In a year where we have enjoyed celebrating our country’s 150th birthday, it’s been great to hear so many Canadians say that participating in the Terry Fox Run in an important part of the celebration” – says Terry’s older brother Fred Fox.
Terry was just 18 when he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his right leg. He was in his first year at Simon Fraser University studying kinesiology when he felt the pain in his knee. He had his leg amputated six inches above the knee and endured aggressive chemotherapy to eliminate remaining cancer cells. During his treatment, he witnessed daily reminders that two-thirds of cancer victims died of the disease. Instead of crushing his spirits, the sight of other patients suffering made him stronger and more compassionate. It was from this strength and compassion that the Marathon of Hope was born.
Since Terry ran in 1980, Canadians have raised over $750 million for cancer research. This money is invested into projects with the greatest potential impact for patients.
The Terry Fox Run is happening in Creemore on Sunday, Sept. 17, Registration is at Station on the Green, beginning at 8 a.m. The event begins at 9 a.m. and is open to runners, walkers and cyclists. A five-kilometre route that can be done twice for those wishing to do a full 10k.