Terry Fox run rooted in tradition
About Terry Fox
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.