Terry Fox Run set for Sept. 16
The 38th annual Terry Fox Run is on Sept. 16 in Elliot Lake.
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the first community-wide Terry Fox Run in Elliot Lake.
The organizer of the Elliot Lake event for the fifth time is Patricia Shaw, who was diagnosed with lung cancer about 13 years ago.
Registration will be at 10 a.m. on Sunday at Westview Park on Highway 108, with the Terry Fox Run, walk or cycle starting at 11 a.m.
The route will take participants 2.5 kilometres up Milliken Mine Road to a water station at the intersection with the Fire Tower Lookout Road, where they will turn around. The total distance is five kilometres.
Participants can also bring their dogs (must be on a leash) for the event. Shaw expects to have treat bags for the pets.
Also, prizes will be available to be won by having the right answers to questions.
In addition, there will be a silent auction that people can make bids on. The items in the silent auction will be at the Moose Family Centre on Oakland Blvd. The draw date for the silent auction will be on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Shaw says all the money raised from the event goes to the Terry Fox Foundation, most of which goes to cancer research.
Elliot Lake’s first community-wide Terry Fox Run was organized by a 17-year-old high school student Jeff Morrison.
Shaw says Morrison, who now lives in Ottawa, is expected to come to Elliot Lake to take part in the run he started here 30 years ago.
Elliot Lake has had a Terry Fox Run since 1988, with the exceptions of 1993 and 2013.
Shaw expresses her appreciation to all the volunteers, the Lions Club and businesses who help out with the event.
The Elliot Lake Lions Club is also assisting with the event. The club members will act as crossing guards for participants to cross Highway 108, and they will be holding a barbecue.
She adds that while she has about 15 volunteers this year, she would like to have more for next year’s event.
Shaw says she doesn’t know how much longer she can organize the event, and would like to have people who could take over the local Terry Fox Run when she can no longer head it up. To volunteer next year, call Shaw at the phone number listed below.
Terry Fox Run pledge forms are available at various locations in Elliot Lake including The Standard office, by contacting Shaw at 705-848-2262, or online at www.terryfox.org .
Shaw says that last year’s Terry Fox Runs in Elliot Lake raised about $5,000. At the 2016 event, they raised $8,917.32. This year, her goal is to raise $10,000.
“Come out and support cancer research,” says Shaw.
The best year financially for the local event was in 2005, when participants raised $18,297.10.
The Terry Fox Run is no longer just a Canadian fundraiser for cancer. Terry Fox Runs are held in 32 countries.
Terry Fox history
Terry Fox’s original goal was to raise $1 for every Canadian, which would go to fund cancer research.
Fox, who was diagnosed with cancer and lost a leg to the disease in 1980, decided to run across the country in an effort to raise money for cancer research. By the time he reached the outskirts of Thunder Bay, 143 days into his journey, the cancer had spread to other parts of Fox’s body. He succumbed to the disease on June 28, 1981.
The fundraising by far surpassed his goal. The event has raised more than $715 million to support cancer research in Fox’s name.
At last year’s Terry Fox Run in Elliot Lake, participants raised about $5,000.