Terry Fox run set for Sun­day

The Observer (Sarnia) - - NEWS - NEIL BOWEN nbowen@post­media.com

In­spired by Terry Fox, the young man who was run­ning across Canada with a pros­thetic leg in 1980 on be­half of can­cer re­search, it is ex­pected 400 peo­ple will be walk­ing and run­ning Sun­day in Canatara Park.

Fox had to stop run­ning in Thun­der Bay af­ter can­cer spread to his lungs. He died in 1981.

“I think Terry is a Cana­dian hero,” said Jo Ku­lik, me­dia co­or­di­na­tor for the lo­cal Terry Fox com­mit­tee.

Fox’s spirit lives on and dur­ing a re­cent trip to Ottawa Ku­lik saw a man’s t-shirt that read, at 17 he was a high school stu­dent, at 21 a na­tional hero. Ku­lik needed no fur­ther clue to know the man was cel­e­brat­ing Fox’s ac­com­plish­ment.

Ad­mi­ra­tion for Fox is shared by 84-year-old Betty Dee Black who has been cho­sen as the Terry Team mem­ber for Sun­day’s event.

“He is like a young sol­dier sent off to war against all odds,” said Black.

Black has lost peo­ple in her life to can­cer and has worked with peo­ple bat­tling can­cer through chemo­ther­apy.

“In the face of ad­ver­sity, I put my boots to the ground,” said Black who has taken on many treks for char­ity.

Vol­un­teers or­ga­nize the lo­cal run that re­quires no en­try fee or min­i­mum fundrais­ing pledge.

“Just show up and walk with us,” said Ku­lik.

And with that sim­ple for­mula the event has raised $1.2 mil­lion dur­ing the 30 years it has been un­der­way. Sun­day is ex­pected to add an­other $20,000. “It’s amaz­ing,” said Ku­lik Event reg­is­tra­tion starts at 8 a.m. Sun­day by the Canatara Park band­shell and the walk/run starts at 9 a.m.

There are five and 10-kilo­me­tre routes.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Vol­un­teers raise the flag in prepa­ra­tion for Sun­day's Terry Fox Walk/Run in Canatara Park. From left are Cathy Aitkin, Cindy Mel­ton, Rosi Fa­rina, Jo Ku­lik, Betty Dee Black, Suzanne Schofield and run com­mi­tee chair Lau­rie Rome.

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