Making it personal
Berwick Terry Fox Run participants, volunteer support battle against cancer
The battle against cancer has been a personal one for many participants and volunteers at the annual Terry Fox Run in Berwick.
About 30 people turned out to walk, run or bike in support of cancer research in the apple capital on Sept. 17, raising $1,450.
Berwick recreation co-ordinator Carol Boylan-hartling said continuing to host the run is important to the community because Terry Fox created a legacy with his Marathon of Hope. What he started has done a lot in terms of supporting research initiatives.
“It’s important that we keep it up and keep his memory alive,” she said.
Boylan-hartling said the event carries special meaning for many participants who are very dedicated to the cause and come back every year. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2015 and said being a survivor makes it much more personal for her.
“Because of the research that’s been done I feel that maybe that’s why I was cured so I want to work hard to do that for other people,” Boylan-hartling said.
She said Berwick residents are very supportive of worthwhile causes and many who don’t participate in the run make donations or provide sponsorship to others.
Boylan-hartling said Evelyn Palmer of Nicholsville, a cancer survivor who used to work in the town’s recreation department, comes back every year to help with the run. Boylan-hartling said this makes it “even more near and dear to us.”
Palmer said she was working for the town when she received her cancer diagnosis in July 1997. Palmer is thankful for money raised through initiatives such as the Terry Fox Run that have gone to support research efforts. Because of this, she had “the best hospital care possible” when she went through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Her doctor told her she did unusually well.
“I had colorectal cancer, stage three, and I said, ‘Well, I told you I wasn’t going to die,’” Palmer said. “But I am extremely thankful.”
She said it means a lot to see people turn out year after year to support the Terry Fox Run, especially the one in Berwick.
Dana Pineo of Waterville took part in the run with his son, Andrew Pineo, and his son’s friend, Josh Van Nostrand of Berwick. Pineo said they had a family member who was diagnosed with skin cancer last year who made a full recovery.
It’s important to them to help support the cause because more people taking part in Terry Fox Runs means more money being raised for research.
Pineo said Fox “really started something” with the Marathon of Hope. To see such a tremendous level of support still being demonstrated today illustrates how much awareness Fox was able to bring to the battle against cancer and what can be accomplished when everyone fights together.
For more information on Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope or to make an online donation, visit www.terryfox.org.