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
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.
The participants in the 2017 Terry Fox Run in Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Volunteers assembling material for this year’s run. From left, Deanna Lushman, Dave Martin and Kathy Legere.