Marathon marks mile­stone

Terry Fox Run now 30 years old; Har­bour Grace one of 32 sites in the prov­ince

The Compass - - OPINION -

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.

Terry’s Team

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.

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