Terry Fox run rooted in tra­di­tion

About Terry Fox

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Matthew Mccully

This Sun­day, hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple from across Canada will par­tic­i­pate in the Terry Fox run. For over 20 years now, Bishop’s Col­lege School has been host­ing the run in Len­noxville, invit­ing the com­mu­nity to join the event, which is manda­tory for all BCS stu­dents.

Among the com­mu­nity mem­bers who have made the Terry Fox run an an­nual tra­di­tion is 95-year-old Cora Lane.

“We were so proud to be able to go and say ‘I helped,” Lane said. “When the chil­dren reached an age when they could par­tic­i­pate, they were ab­so­lutely de­lighted to do it too.”

Lane was eas­ily rec­og­niz­able each year, be­cause she was al­ways wear­ing the same Terry Fox sweater, which she pur­chased in 1984.

Since then, she has added the date for ev­ery year that she did the run.

Due to health is­sues, Lane did her last Terry Fox event in 2015.

While she is no longer does the run, she con­tin­ues to do­nate to the cause.

Lane’s fa­mous sweater con­tin­ued the tra­di­tion in her ab­sence, worn by her daugh­ter Nancy.

Af­ter an un­bro­ken 33-year stretch, Lane pointed out that for this week­end’s run, all three of her chil­dren will be out of town.

The Record asked if Lane was able to find a vol­un­teer to wear the sweater on her be­half this year.

“Oh I don’t know,” Lane said, un­sure any­one would want to wear her 33-yearold sweater.

“I’ll give it to my neigh­bour,” she said, hop­ing it can at least make an ap­pear­ance at the run this Sun­day. “Maybe they can throw it over a chair or some­thing.”

When asked about her favourite mo­ments dur­ing her years of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the run, Lane said she en­joyed see­ing all the fa­mil­iar faces at the start­ing line.

“I would look around and think I re­mem­ber you, I re­mem­ber you,” she said. She also men­tioned that since BCS be­gan or­ga­niz­ing the run, there have been more and more young peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing, which will guar­an­tee that the tra­di­tion con­tin­ues for years to come.

The Terry Fox Run will take place on Sun­day at 10 a.m.

Reg­is­tra­tion will take place be­tween 9:15-9:45 a.m. in the BCS gym­na­sium.

There are loops of dif­fer­ent lengths for par­tic­i­pants of all fit­ness lev­els.

Ac­cord­ing to BCS Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Jeff Bray, the run raised just over $6,000 last year. He hopes to break the $7,000 mark this year.

In 1977, at the age of 19-years-old, Terry was di­ag­nosed with can­cer and re­quired a leg am­pu­ta­tion six inches above his knee.

Three years later, he be­gan the Marathon of Hope, plan­ning to run across Canada to raise money for can­cer re­search.

He ran a marathon per day (5,373km over 143 days) be­fore dis­cov­er­ing the can­cer had spread to his lungs and he was forced to stop.

Fol­low­ing his death in 1981, the Terry Fox foun­da­tion has been or­ga­niz­ing an­nual runs to hon­our the mem­ory of Terry, and to con­tinue rais­ing funds for can­cer re­search.

To date, over $715 mil­lion has been raised in Terry’s name.

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