Kootenay Rhythm Dragons members (L-R) Dorita Van Vugt, Rae Macklon, and Pat Gibson are ready to run, walk, bike, scooter, and rollerblade in the the 41st Annual Terry Fox Run. Dorita will be walking and jogging a marathon from Nelson to Castlegar, beginning very early Sunday morning on Sept. 19 in honour of her mother and of Terry Fox. Photo submitted

Kootenay Rhythm Dragons members (L-R) Dorita Van Vugt, Rae Macklon, and Pat Gibson are ready to run, walk, bike, scooter, and rollerblade in the the 41st Annual Terry Fox Run. Dorita will be walking and jogging a marathon from Nelson to Castlegar, beginning very early Sunday morning on Sept. 19 in honour of her mother and of Terry Fox. Photo submitted

Virtual Terry Fox Run takes place Sept. 19

Submitted by The Terry Fox Foundation

This year’s Terry Fox Run, to be held virtually, is entitled Terry Fox Run. One Day. Your Way.

The event will take place on Sept. 19.

“Terry had to stop his Marathon of Hope 41 years ago when his cancer returned,” says Fred Fox, Terry’s older brother. “He asked Canadians to keep on fundraising for cancer research without him so that his dream of finding a cure would one day be realized, and that is exactly what we need to do now.”

Fundraisers and donors will have access to a variety of new tools and technology to better support virtual fundraising efforts this year, including:

• A newly designed website loaded with downloadable content, engaging videos, interactive timelines, and fun activities available at terryfox.org

• A brand new Terry Fox Run mobile fundraising app available to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play that allows supporters to easily raise more money by automating outreach across mobile and social channels

• Personalized QR codes for fundraisers across the country

• Text-to-donate functionality to support all fundraising efforts with options to give $5, $10 or $25 by texting “Terry” to 45678

• Tap-to-donate stations in various provinces that allow users to give $5, $10 or $20, with payments made directly to The Terry Fox Foundation in support of cancer research

“It’s important to us that our amazing volunteers and donors feel supported and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Michael Mazza, executive director of The Terry Fox Foundation.

“We are making it as easy as possible to participate in this year’s Terry Fox Run or to sponsor one of the thousands of individuals and teams taking part.”

The impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s health care system and cancer care throughout the country has been substantial.

“Cancer hasn’t taken a break and continues to deeply affect millions of people,” says Jim Woodgett, president and scientific director of The Terry Fox Research Institute. “Perhaps not since 1980 have we seen such a dire need for cancer research to ensure we can combat the negative effects of disrupted screenings, surgeries, and interventions for years to come.”

All proceeds will fund innovative cancer research, including a bold new project called the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network, a powerful collaboration of Canada’s best cancer researchers to accelerate precision medicine by sharing knowledge and resources, and building a new, accessible cancer data platform to deliver the best possible outcome for each cancer patient, no matter where they live.

Visit www.terryfox.org/run to learn more, sponsor a participant, or register to fundraise.