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.terryfox.org
“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.