Terry Fox (1958 – 1981) was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian and cancer research activist. In 1980, he began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. He hoped to raise one dollar from each of Canada's 24 million people. He began in St. John's, Newfoundland, in April and ran the equivalent of a full marathon every day. After 143 days and 5,373km/3,339 miles, he was forced to end his run outside Thunder Bay, ON, when the cancer spread to his lungs. His hopes of overcoming the disease and completing his marathon ended when he died nine months later.
The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research. Almost $800 million has been raised in his name.
Before registration opened at 9am, there was lots to do. Some volunteers attached pins to the ribbons participants would receive when they finished the run/walk.
|That's Gord in the red shirt ... red shirts signify cancer survivors|
We had great support for our lunch, gift bags and raffle.
Katie, a volunteer, was interviewed for a student paper.
We had coffee for all before the run/walk.