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Terry Fox’s legacy lives on through the annual fundraising run named in his honour
More than 30 years after his tragic death, Terry Fox remains a national hero.
And so he should.
The man considered one of the greatest Canadians of all time has left a lasting legacy since his death and his name and memory lives on in the lives of millions of Canadians who were lucky enough to see this brave and courageous man attempt to run across Canada on one leg.
After making it halfway across this enormous country and running the equivalent of a full marathon every day during his incredible Marathon of Hope, Fox succumbed to cancer on June 28, 1981.
Fox, whose leg was amputated due to bone cancer, started at St. John’s, Newfoundland, and ran the equivalent of a marathon a day with one artificial leg. He was forced to give up the run near Thunder Bay, Ontario when the cancer spread to his lungs.
Once again Osoyoos will be holding a Terry Fox Run to raise money for cancer research. The run takes place on Sunday, Sept. 15 starting at 9 a.m. at the Sonora Community Centre.
Participants will be able to choose from a variety of routes, ranging from a loop covering one km, 2 km and 5 km. A 10-km route is also being considered.
The Terry Fox Run is held annually across Canada and around the world on the second Sunday following Labour Day.
Participants are welcome to walk, run, bicycle or even walk with a stroller or a dog. The route will be on sidewalks so there will be no traffic disruption.
While some people make personal donations to participate, others collect pledges from friends, family or local businesses.
Money raised is eligible for tax receipts and 100 per cent of the money raised goes to the Terry Fox Foundation, Nurmsoo said.
Over the past three decades, the Terry Fox Foundation has helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars not only across Canada, but around the world.
There are now runs and memorial events to honour Fox in dozens of countries in several continents.
Terry Fox is one of the few Canadians most youngsters born in the past 15 to 20 years know all about. The impact he left on this country – and the world at large – remains overwhelming.
He was a true Canadian hero in every sense of the word and there’s no doubt hundreds of thousands of Canadians will hit the pavement on Sunday to remember and honour him, while raising millions more to continue the battle to find a cure for cancer.
The Osoyoos run traditionally draws two to three dozen participants.
Each and every one of them should be proud for doing their small part to help such a worthy cause.
Information is available at the Sonora Community Centre.
For more information about the Terry Fox Foundation visit www.terryfox.org.