Terry Fox Run will raise money for cancer re­search Sept. 17 in Elmira

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS - FAISAL ALI

THE QUIN­TES­SEN­TIAL CANA­DIAN FUNDRAISER of the year is only weeks away. The annual Terry Fox Run is be­ing held September 17 in Elmira, with a 2.5km, 5km and 10km route for par­tic­i­pants to take part in. The run is, as al­ways, open to all, to walk, jog, run or what­ever else peo­ple wish.

For Elmira run or­ga­nizer Kathy Bow­man, the event is all about get­ting in­volved and sup­port­ing a good cause.

The route they’re fol­low­ing will be the same as last year’s, tak­ing par­tic­i­pants through part of the down­town area. Bow­man says they’re keep­ing things the same based on peo­ple’s re­sponse to last year’s run, which was a suc­cess.

“We had ex­tra peo­ple come out last year be­cause they saw us go­ing through town, which is re­ally nice. So we have to say, ‘thanks for the con­struc­tion work last year on New Jerusalem Road,’ be­cause we ended up with a new amount of peo­ple,” said Bow­man of the un­ex­pected boost from chang­ing the route due to con­struc­tion. “That re­ally helped.”

The run it­self is re­ally only part of the fun.

“After the run we have a free bar­beque. We do penny raf­fles – we have a penny raf­fle ta­ble where you buy tick­ets and you can win some great prizes from lo­cal busi­nesses. We have any­thing and ev­ery­thing on that ta­ble from sum­mer sausages to vac­uwhere um clean­ers, you name it,” says Bow­man, adding that they had re­ceived tre­men­dous sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses.

About 50 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated last year and raised just un­der $15,000, notes Bow­man. This year she’s hop­ing for more, and she’s en­cour­ag­ing every­one to join in.

“No one can say they’ve never been touched by cancer be­cause it’s ev­ery­where un­for­tu­nately. When we go in to that cancer cen­tre we see more and more peo­ple come in, and you can’t say you’ve never met some­one that hasn’t been touched,” she said.

For Bow­man, that is cer­tainly true as she has seen many loved ones strug­gle with the ill­ness, and too many fall. But, she says she has also seen in­cred­i­ble im­prove­ment in treat­ment options that decades of re­search – much of it funded through events like this – have yielded.

“We’re mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. Every sin­gle per­son who comes out, whether they bring a dol­lar, a $100, $20, $500, we are all mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.”

Reg­is­tra­tion starts at noon on September 17 with par­tic­i­pants meet­ing at the Pro­grammed In­sur­ance Bro­kers on 49 In­dus­trial Dr. The run it­self starts at 1 p.m. and goes un­til about 4 p.m.

Held each year on the 17th, the Terry Fox Run has raised more than $750 mil­lion world­wide for cancer re­search since its first run in the 1980s.

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