Terry Fox events to be held in tri-coun­ties

Sept. 16 is Terry Fox Run day for com­mu­ni­ties; Sept. 27 is date for school events


Nearly four decades af­ter his Marathon of Hope, Terry Fox re­mains a hero and an in­spi­ra­tion to Cana­di­ans, many of whom will take part in Terry Fox events this month.

Fes­tiv­i­ties will also be held in the tri-county re­gion, where a half­dozen events in Fox’s mem­ory are planned for Sun­day, Sept. 16 in Shel­burne, Yar­mouth and Digby coun­ties.

Event lo­ca­tions for this date in­clude Digby, Wey­mouth, Clare, Tus­ket, Woods Har­bour and Bar­ring­ton Pas­sage/Clark’s Har­bour.

A sep­a­rate day is set aside each year for schools to hold their own Terry Fox runs and this year’s school date is Thurs­day, Sept. 27.

Terry Fox events in Nova Sco­tia raised $650,000 last year, ac­cord­ing to the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion’s Nova Sco­tia office in Hal­i­fax.

“Res­i­dents of com­mu­ni­ties across the prov­ince in 45 lo­ca­tions, and stu­dents in more than 340 schools, were once again gen­er­ous to a fault in their par­tic­i­pa­tion and fundrais­ing for cancer re­search,” said Bar­bara Pate, pro­vin­cial director for the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion in Nova Sco­tia. “Peo­ple are still re­ally en­gaged in the cause and con­tinue to rec­og­nize the need to sup­port re­search in a wide va­ri­ety of can­cers.”

Terry Fox, a Win­nipeg na­tive, was 18 years old when, in 1977, he dis­cov­ered he had a ma­lig­nant tu­mour in his right leg. The leg was am­pu­tated 15 cen­time­tres above the knee.

A cou­ple of years later Fox, now with an artificial leg, be­gan train­ing for his Marathon of Hope, an ef­fort to run across Canada to raise money for cancer re­search.

He be­gan his jour­ney in April 1980 in St. John’s and, over the next few months, Fox ba­si­cally ran a marathon a day, but he had to stop Sept. 1 out­side Thun­der Bay af­ter cancer had spread to his lungs.

Fox died less than a year later, on June 28, 1981, a month shy of his 23rd birth­day.

The fol­low­ing is a look at Terry Fox events in the tri-coun­ties sched­uled for Sun­day, Sept. 16:

• Digby, starts at noon at Her­itage Cen­tre, Wa­ter Street. Contact per­son: Cara Sun­der­land ac­tive­liv­ing. darc@bel­laliant.com

• Wey­mouth, starts noon, Wey­mouth Med­i­cal Cen­tre. Contact: Dean Jones dean­jones9@hot­mail. com

• Clare, starts at 11 a.m., Cen­tre sportif, cam­pus of Univer­sité Sain­teAnne. Contact: Marc-Alexan­dre La­gacy mar­calexan­dre.la­gacy@ us­ain­teanne.ca

• Tus­ket, starts at 10:30 a.m., across from Ste-Anne-du-Ruis­seau church. Contact: Adam Ran­dall adam@eas­troof­ing.com

• Woods Har­bour, starts at 12:30 p.m., Woods Har­bour base­ball field. Contact: Gail Gore­ham gail.gore­ham@tcrsb.ca

• Bar­ring­ton Pasage/Clark’s Har­bour, starts at noon, Bar­ring­ton li­brary. Contact: Anna Ken­ney aken­ney@bar­ring­ton­mu­nic­i­pal­ity.com

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