Marathon of Hope celebrates 35 years

This year’s event takes place on National Run Day, Sept. 20 in Nelson.

Kootenay Rhythm Dragonboaters Pat Gibson (left) and Mary Walters (centre)

Kootenay Rhythm Dragonboaters Pat Gibson (left) and Mary Walters (centre)

The Terry Fox Run turns 35 this year. This year’s event takes place on National Run Day, Sept. 20 in Nelson, one of more than 100 participating communities in BC and Yukon.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. The run starts at 9:30 a.m. in Lakeside Park, rain or shine.

The run is a non‐competitive, all inclusive, family-oriented activity where participants can run, walk, blade or bike. Registration is by donation and there is no minimum pledge.

Terry Fox ran the equivalent of a marathon a day for 143 days straight, on one leg, to raise awareness for the need for research funding. When his own cancer spread and he was forced to stop running, but his dream to find a cure for cancer lives on.

“I’m not a dreamer, and I’m not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles,” he said. “I have to.”

He sought to reach out to every corner of Canada, and beyond, when he embarked on his Marathon of Hope.

“The Terry Fox Foundation funds research in all kinds of cancer, believing as Terry did, that we need to conquer this disease once and for all”, says Donna White, provincial director for the Terry Fox Foundation.

Since Fox first dipped his leg in St. John’s harbour, close to $700 million has been raised for cancer research worldwide in his name.

Terry’s vision and courage have helped to change and reshape Canada in many ways.

Importantly, it transformed cancer research here — establishing a new attitude and threshold regarding what kind of investment was necessary to support cancer research.

The Terry Fox Foundation differs from other organizations in that 84 cents of every dollar is donated directly to cancer research initiatives, making The Foundation an industry leader in national investment and fundraising accountability. To date, over 1,212 cancer research projects have been funded by the foundation.

Participants have the option to be recognized as a corporate team, individual participants, or even a member of Terry’s Team of cancer survivors. Every participant is a special part of the cause, as living proof that cancer research saves lives.

“If you’ve given a dollar, you are part of the Marathon of Hope.”

To donate to he Terry Fox Foundation, please visit terryfox.org or call 1‐888‐836‐9786.

For more on the Nelson run, see on.fb.me/1PMia09.