At last year’s St. Marys Terry Fox Run, a record number of participants – almost 100 – helped raise over $5,000 to fund cancer research in the name of one of Canada’s greatest heroes. On Sept. 20, with registration beginning at 9:30 am at the old Junction Station off Glass Street in St. Marys, Terry’s dream lives on.
The event will begin at 10:00 am and “run” until 3:00 pm. Route lengths of 5 km and 10 km will be available and the event is bicycle accessible. There is no fee or minimum pledge to take part. Registration forms are available at Bank of Montreal, TD Bank, Meridian and RBC.
This will be the 35th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run, in remembrance of the inspiring B.C. athlete who set out on a fundraising Marathon of Hope across Canada in 1980 and wound up uniting a nation. Over 9,000 volunteer-led and organized Terry Fox Runs are held each year. In 2014, millions of Ontarians participated in 220 community Terry Fox Runs and 4,000 school events, raising $12 million for cancer research. To date, nearly $700 million has been raised in support of Terry’s cause. The Terry Fox Foundation directed $26.5 million to its cancer research programs in 2014/15.
Some prominent Canadians were recently asked what Terry Fox meant to them. Here are some of there responses:
“Thirty five years ago I watched Terry Fox become an inspiration for millions of Canadians. All these years later the inspiration continues, now for tens of millions across the country and around the world.”
– Peter Mansbridge, CBC Broadcaster and Anchor
“I think the greatest measure of success is to have inspired others to make the most of themselves, to push to new limits. Terry Fox did just that, and his legacy inspires us all.”
– Chris Hadfield, 2013 International Space Station Commander
“The name of Terry Fox will forever be associated with one word – COURAGE. In a world lacking in real heroes Terry’s personal courage made him stand out as someone worthy of such a title. His place as a great Canadian, as a national hero, is assured. Terry’s legacy will stand as an inspiration for generations to come.”
– Bobby Orr, Hockey Player, Boston Bruins
“Terry was my hero as a kid. I asked him so many questions. He gave me so many answers. He inspired me to go for it. To believe in myself. I’m just one of millions.”
– Steve Nash, Basketball Player, Director of “Into the Wind” Terry – Fox documentary