Terry Fox Run this Sunday

  • Sep. 17, 2010 7:00 a.m.

Nearly 30 years after Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope, his legacy to find a cure for cancer is still being carried out by thousands of inspired Canadians every September.”I have been organizing the run for about 28 years, maybe 29 years,” said Jenny White, organizer of the Queen Charlotte event. “It began when I was teaching grade one. We had a map, we tracked Terry on his run and it touched us like it did so many others.”Ms White, who lost her own mother to cancer, said the run is a great way to honour a Canadian hero whose legacy has helped support cancer research.”Strides have been made in cancer research and it’s great,” said Ms White. “I am always amazed at how the organization maintains itself and just keeps going. People have been very supportive of it. Last year we had 45 people participate, but the more the better.”The annual run in Queen Charlotte will take place on Sunday, Sept. 19, at the ball field with registration starting at 10:30 am, followed by a ten kilometre run that will take participants to the high school, then to Relax Road and back.”The run does really well. It is a beautiful walk along the ocean. Bring the kids, walk or run, just come out and participate,” said Ms White.Meanwhile Marg Youngson, organizer of Masset’s Terry Fox run, is hoping that this year will be the most successful run so far. The number of participants varies from year to year, she said, “it really depends on the weather, but we are trying to get the word out. It will be a wonderful day of sun hopefully, and definitely lots of smiles.”The Masset run will have two choices for participants, a five kilometre or a 10 kilometre run or walk. It takes place the same day – Sunday, Sept. 19 – with registration at 11 am at the village of Masset office. All ages are welcome.”Both my husband and I have lost our parents to cancer. Seeing Terry’s passion you get caught up in it and feel for him and what he did, and you really want to continue it,” Ms Youngson said. “We want people to support it financially to raise money for a cure, just participate in it by being there. It’s great to see the number of people that come out for it, it helps to make our youth aware so that this carries on.” The Terry Fox Run will also be held in Sandspit on Sunday, starting at 11 am at A.L. Mathers school.