by Steven Paterson
The annual Terry Fox Run will be held on Sunday, September 17, at the Kemptville Legion (100 Reuben Crescent), with registration beginning at 9:00am and the run starting at 10:00am.
This year will mark the 37th year for the Terry Fox Run, which has earned over $715 million world wide for cancer research in Terry’s name. Citizens of North Grenville and surrounding areas are welcome and encouraged to participate in this years’ event and help add to the total. Participants are welcome to walk, run, bike, or rollerblade their choice of 2K, 5K or 10K. Dogs are welcome to accompany their owners, provided they are on an appropriate leash. With the options of the three distances (2K, 5K, 10K), this event makes for a nice family affair, as the majority of the routes are on paved sidewalk, making it accessible for young children and strollers. This years’ Terry Fox Run T-shirts will be for sale on site as well.
Terry’s Dream: In 1980 Terry began his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland, running for 143 days until he was forced to halt his run in Thunder Bay, Ontario, due to the cancer returning in his lungs. Terry started the Marathon of Hope with the idea of heightening awareness of the disease and raising $1 million. As the run continued, his goal changed from raising $1 million to raising $1.00 for each Canadian. Today, Terry’s Run supports over 1,152 different cancer research projects.
Cancer has impacted many lives within our community. Be it family, friends, or coworkers, we all know of someone who has been affected. Lets work together and continue to do what we can to put an end to the impact of this disease. Pledge forms can be picked up at: B&H Community Grocer, Your Independent Grocer, Food Basics, Giant Tiger, Wal-Mart, Home Hardware, and at the Municipal Arena; or you can register online at www.terryfox.org.
“It’s got to keep going without me” – Terry Fox