Num­bers up for 30th Marathon of Hope


Twenty-seven peo­ple walked or ran around St. Francis Field in Har­bour Grace on Sept. 19 dur­ing the 30th an­nual Terry Fox Marathon of Hope.

Those who took part in this year’s event helped raise $ 1,840 for can­cer re­search. That’s up from last year’s pro­ceeds, ac­cord­ing to Mau­reen Robin­son, who helped or­ga­nize the event.

Robin­son said 17 com­peti­tors from the 27th an­nual Blue­berry Har­vest Run held ear­lier in the day made pledges to­wards The Terry Fox event.

Robin­son noted fundrais­ing to­tals were up at all run lo­ca­tions around the prov­ince this year.

Kayla Priddle of Vic­to­ria was the top fundraiser for the event, bring­ing in $279 for the wor­thy cause. As a leukemia sur­vivor, Kayla was con­sid­ered a mem­ber of “ Terry’s Team.” She was one of the par­tic­i­pants who wore spe­cial t-shirts de­signed to dis­tin­guish them as mem­bers of “ Terry’s Team,” a new ad­di­tion to the an­nual event.

“Mitchell Mur­phy of Har­bour Grace has been one of our top fundrais­ers for the past few years,” Robin­son noted.

Reg O’Neill has par­tic­i­pated in the run ev­ery year since its in­cep­tion, 30 years ago, she pointed out.

Ini­tially, the Marathon of Hope was de­signed “to draw at­ten­tion to the need for can­cer re­search,” ac­cord­ing to the web­site www.ter­

“Each day more than 400 new cases of can­cer are di­ag­nosed in Canada.”

Be­tween 87 and 90 per cent of the money raised from the event goes to­wards can­cer re­search. There are projects in New­found­land and Labrador cur­rently be­ing funded through the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion, ac­cord­ing to the web­site.

The Marathon of Hope has helped raise more than $500 mil­lion for can­cer re­search over the past three decades.

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