Terry Fox runs

Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the fight against can­cer

The Gananoque Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - LOR­RAINE PAYETTE For Post­media Net­work

Get those run­ning shoes laced up and ready – it’s time once again to get out there and run to de­feat can­cer.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to an­other amaz­ing year sur­rounded by the great­est peo­ple,” said LisaMarie Gow, founder and or­ga­nizer of the Terry Fox Run for TLTI. “We have lots of things planned for our Run this year.”

Run date is Septem­ber 17 this year, with reg­is­tra­tion at 8 a.m. and the Run it­self start­ing at 9 a.m. at Fox Run By the River on the Thou­sand Is­lands Park­way.

Gananoque is also hold­ing its an­nual Terry Fox Fun on the 17.

“I have some re­minder points for this year’s Gananoque Run for you,” said Lisa Bird, new co­or­di­na­tor of the Gananoque Terry Fox Run. “Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 9:00am at the Town Park with healthy food choices to en­joy be­fore head­ing out. The Lions Club Mem­bers will have a wa­ter/ cof­fee/t-shirt sales sta­tion set up, and Pre- Run cer­e­monies be­gin at 9:45am. The Run it­self starts at 10 a.m.

“There are new routes this year due to the Nickle Cup ac­tiv­i­ties at the wa­ter. You will be supplied with the route maps and also the Scav­enger Hunt clues for fam­i­lies to par­tic­i­pate in for some added fun along the way.”

In the spirit of co­op­er­a­tion, Bird and Gow have worked to­gether through­out the pre­ced­ing months to make sure both runs at­tract as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble. While still in­de­pen­dent, they firmly be­lieve that all of the funds col­lected are im­por­tant, and all are go­ing to help beat can­cer. In ad­di­tion to the run on Sun­day, Satur­day night (Septem­ber 16) they will be hold­ing a Juke Box Trivia evening at the Branch 92 Royal Cana­dian Legion.

“This is a fun filled, en­ter­tain­ing evening to raise funds for the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion,” said Bird. “You get to test your mu­sic, TV theme songs, or jin­gle knowl­edge – ev­ery­one has some skill. We are look­ing for in­di­vid­u­als or teams of 6 to come and have some fun, with pro­ceeds go­ing to the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion for can­cer Re­search. We need to con­tinue his dream and beat this killer disease.”

The doors open at 6: 30 with the games start­ing at 7 p.m.. In­di­vid­u­als can play for $25 per per­son, while groups of six regis­ter at $125. Funds raised go to the united Terry Fox Runs of Gananoque and TLTI to make a gi­ant do­na­tion to the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion. Please con­tact Bird for more in­for­ma­tion on the event.

“Re­mem­ber, the only en­emy here is can­cer,” said Gow. “Ev­ery­one who comes out to run is a hero in the fight and brings us one step closer to win­ning. So many great things are hap­pen­ing this year – I’m so proud of ev­ery mem­ber of our Dream Team. Which­ever run you choose, we’ll be happy to see you. This is not a com­pe­ti­tion – it’s a united show of strength against can­cer. When you run, you sup­port ev­ery­one ev­ery­where who lives with can­cer, and ev­ery dol­lar raised goes to help fund the re­search to beat it. Let’s get out there and make Terry proud.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Runs, please con­tact Lisa- Marie Gow at 613- 329- 5033 or Lisa Bird at ter­ry­foxrun2017@gmail.com . For pledge forms, go to www.ter­ry­fox­foun­da­tion.org/.

(FILE PHOTO)

Step­ping out for Terry Fox, run­ners make all the dif­fer­ence in the big­gest an­nual fundraiser by the or­ga­ni­za­tion as they do all they can to beat can­cer.

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