Terry Fox events com­ing up

Sept. 17 is com­mu­nity run day, 37th year for cancer re­search fundraiser

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - ERIC BOURQUE

Tri-county com­mu­ni­ties are among those get­ting ready to host the Terry Fox Run Sun­day, Sept. 17.

Terry Fox events are planned for Digby, Clare, Wey­mouth, Tus­ket, Woods Har­bour and Bar­ring­ton Pas­sage/Clark’s Har­bour.

The events of­fer var­i­ous dis­tances – the most com­mon be­ing five kilo­me­tres – and start times vary too.

Fifty-six com­mu­ni­ties and more than 330 schools across Nova Sco­tia are hold­ing Terry Fox events this year, said Bar­bara Pate, pro­vin­cial di­rec­tor for the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion in Nova Sco­tia.

While Sept. 17 is the des­ig­nated day for com­mu­ni­ties to hold their Terry Fox events, Sept. 28 has been set as the day for school events, although some schools may choose a dif­fer­ent date to hold their ac­tiv­i­ties, Pate said.

In Nova Sco­tia last year, about $650,000 was raised for cancer re­search through the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion.

“Re­search is be­ing done right here at Dal­housie Univer­sity,” Pate said, “and stud­ies are be­ing done on a va­ri­ety of types of can­cers, in­clud­ing lym­phoid, breast, prostate, col­orec­tal, lung and brain.”

Terry Fox be­came a na­tional hero in 1980 when he at­tempted to run across Canada on an ar­ti­fi­cial leg to raise money for cancer re- search. Head­ing from east to west, he made it as far as the Thun­der Bay area, where he stopped af­ter cancer (the dis­ease that had cost him his right leg a few years ear­lier) spread to his lungs. He died in 1981, a month shy of his 23rd birth­day.

“Sup­port for the Terry Fox Run re­mains strong 37 years af­ter his Marathon of Hope,” Pate said.

More than $750 mil­lion has been raised for cancer re­search through the an­nual fundrais­ing runs held in his mem­ory. Terry Fox events are held around the world.

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