Marathon marks milestone
Terry Fox Run now 30 years old; Harbour Grace one of 32 sites in the province
wheelchairs and strollers to raise money for cancer research.
While his death saddened Canada, his life inspired Canadians to make sure his Marathon of Hope for a cure for the disease that had taken his own life would never die.
Sunday, Sept. 19 marks the 30th anniversary of that Marathon of Hope, which has raised more than $500 million for cancer research over the past three decades.
Canada is now one of 40 countries around the world where Terry Fox Runs take place on this date each year.
Harbour Grace is among the communities in this province which have been hosting the event since its inception. And there’s a new addition to the local Terry Fox Run this year. Run organizers are inviting local cancer survivors to come along and be part of “ Terry’s Team.”
Maureen Robinson, who organizes the annual event in Harbour Grace, says cancer survivors are “ living proof that cancer research is working to develop new drugs and treatment methods.”
Special red t-shirts are being made available to distinguish prospective members of “ Terry’s Team” who wish to participate in the Sept. 19 run.
Because the t-shirts have to be preordered, Robinson says she has special registration forms, which need to be filled out this week. She says she would like to hear from anyone who would qualify to be on “ Terry’s Team” by Thursday of this week, Sept. 16 at the latest.
Registration is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday followed by the start of the run at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Field, Harbour Grace.
Pledge sheets are available at the Harbour Grace Town Hall, Carbonear Swimming Pool and Victoria Irving.
Pledges can also be collected online at the website, www.terryfox.org_
No minimum pledge amount is required. As Terry Fox himself once said: “ If you give one dollar, you are part of the Marathon of Hope.”
According to the website www.terryfox.org, “the objective of the initial Marathon of Hope was to draw attention to the need for cancer research. Each day more than 400 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in Canada.”
A non-competitive event, the marathon attracts people of all ages and abilities who come out for the cause.
People decide on their own number of laps around the field.
Approximately 87-90 per cent of the money raised goes directly towards cancer research and there are projects in Newfoundland and Labrador currently being funded through the Terry Fox Foundation, according to the website.