Terry Fox Run set for Sept. 16

The Standard (Elliot Lake) - - NEWS - By KEVIN MCSHEFFREY Of The Stan­dard

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.

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