Terry Fox run gear­ing up again

This year’s run takes place Sun­day, Sept. 16 - reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at noon and the run starts at 1 p.m. from the Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay Town Hall

The Labradorian - - Editorial - BY DANETTE DOOLEY

In to­day’s world, you’d be hard pressed to find some­one who hasn’t been touched by can­cer.

Kathy Legere’s hus­band Larry Legere died of brain can­cer 18 years ago.

Larry was 36, and the fa­ther of three chil­dren un­der age 10, when he was first di­ag­nosed. He died at age 50.

Kathy has been in­volved with the Terry Fox Run’s or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee in Happy Val­leyGoose Bay for about eight years.

It’s her way of giv­ing back and pay­ing it for­ward, she said.

Now in its 38th year, the Terry Fox Fun raises money for can­cer re­search.

“In those 18 years since my hus­band passed away, I’ve seen im­prove­ments in the treat­ments with other peo­ple. So it’s mak­ing a dif­fer­ence,” Legere said of the funds raised through the an­nual run.

While she un­der­stands that some surg­eries con­tinue to be nec­es­sar­ily in­va­sive, Legere noted ad­vances have been made in how treat­ment is given to can­cer pa­tients.

“I know now they can put in ports (to ad­min­is­ter chemo­ther­apy) rather than giv­ing nee­dles all the time,” she said.

Janet Paine is also one of the run’s or­ga­niz­ers. The Terry Fox Run is an event that has al­ways gar­nered great sup­port from the com­mu­nity, she said.

“It’s been go­ing on for 38 years and you think peo­ple would lose in­ter­est and go on to other causes. But par­tic­i­pa­tion in the event has al­ways been steady and, over the past few years, it’s been grow­ing,” Paine said.

In 2017, she said, al­most 100 peo­ple took part in the event, rais­ing nearly $5,000.

“We are hop­ing to do even bet­ter this year,” Paine said.

The Terry Fox Foun­da­tion is a won­der­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion, she added.

“The in­tegrity that we saw in Terry Fox has con­tin­ued on with the or­ga­ni­za­tion through his fam­ily and through the peo­ple that they have hired to work with the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Paine said.

This year’s Terry Fox Run, spon­sored by the Trap­pers Run­ning Club, takes place Sun­day, Sept. 16. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at noon and the run starts at 1 pm from the Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay Town Hall.

Par­tic­i­pants are in­vited to run, walk or ride dis­tances of 3, 5, 7 or 10k. The event is non­com­pet­i­tive, Paine said.

“It’s meant to be an up­lift­ing fundrais­ing event for peo­ple in our com­mu­nity,” she said.

Do­na­tions and reg­is­tra­tion can be done on­line at www. ter­ry­fox.org or at the run site prior to the event.

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate as in­di­vid­u­als or to build a group and “Team up for Terry,” Paine said.

Hav­ing teams en­ter the event is a way to ex­ceed the fundrais­ing goal which the or­ga­niz­ers have set at over $5,000, Paine said.

“Peo­ple can fundraiser in their of­fices and do­nate the money on run day,” she said.

FILE PHOTO

The par­tic­i­pants in the 2017 Terry Fox Run in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay

CON­TRIB­UTED

Vol­un­teers as­sem­bling ma­te­rial for this year’s run. From left, Deanna Lush­man, Dave Martin and Kathy Legere.

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