This September marks the 39th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Hundreds of thousands of people will remember this young Canadian’s audacious effort by uniting from coast to coast to coast for the annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Registration for the Nelson run starts at 8:30 a.m. at Lakeside Park, but online registration is available prior to run day. The run starts at 9:30 a.m. following a few words from local dignitaries, a cancer survivor, and the popular warm-up led by Kootenay Rhythm Dragonboat paddler Puleng Pratt.
The run route is well-marked and there are marshals to guide runners and walkers. The route can be one, two, four, five, or 10 km depending on your preference. Coffee, juice, water, and cookies are provided after the run.
Last year the Nelson run raised $18,000 — a record for the dragonboat paddlers group who have been organizing the run for five years.
The longevity of the run and the cancer research legacy inspired by Terry’s run is a remarkable reflection of Canada’s respect for a man who gave us an indelible example of what it means to persevere. With over 10,000 fundraising events taking place nationwide, it is clear that Canadians have every intention to see Terry’s dream through to fulfillment.
“I know it can be a busy time of year but there is no better feeling that to come together with family and friends, in your own community, for a great Canadian fall tradition that, quite simply, changes lives for the better,” says Terry Fox Foundation executive director Britt Andersen.
Since Terry ran his Marathon of Hope in 1980, Canadians have raised over $750 million for cancer research. This money is invested into projects with the greatest potential impact for patients. One such project is called Terry Fox PROFYLE, which focuses on hard-to-treat cancers for youth. This project and others like it, use the principles of precision medicine and big data in a collaborative Pan-Canadian approach in an effort to give kids with hard to treat cancers another chance.
On Sept. 15, join in a favourite Canadian fall tradition by taking part at your local Terry Fox Run. Your contribution will ensure that cancer research continues to make a difference. Sign up to register at terryfox.org.