Terry Fox run goes Sunday
Kirkland Lakers will join their fellow citizens from across the country on Sunday for the annual Terry Fox run.
Kinross Park will be the host site again this year. Registration will take place at 10:30 with the run starting at 11 am. Everyone from runners, walkers, rollerbladers, wheelchair and scooter users are welcome to come out and celebrate the life of Terry.
Volunteers from the local organization will be at Pettenuzzo’s today and Thursday from 4pm to 6 pm selling t-shirts and promoting the run. The shirts are $20 and there are limited amounts of the various sizes.
The committee is hoping to get 100 participants and their goal is $10 thousand.
Terry’s Marathon of Hope took place in 1980 with the simple objective of informing Canadians of the importance of finding a cure for cancer. With fierce determination, he ran an average of 42 kilometres (26 miles) every day for 143 days. Terry was forced to end his run on September 1, 1980 when the cancer spread to his lungs.
By February 1, 1981, Terry’s dream of raising $1 for every Canadian was realized – the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope fund totaled $24.17 million. Terry died in June 1981.