In the name of charity, a great Canadian tradition continues –the Terry Fox Run–where participants can stride along their neighbourhood route, so that science can make strides in conquering cancer.
Join the fundraising effort by running, walking or biking, Sept. 18, starting at Old Unionville Library. There are 1km, 5km, or 10km routes that travel thorough Toogood Pond Park and historic Unionville.
Fox’s Marathon of Hope took place in 1980, three years after he was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right leg, and needed it amputated. His goal was to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research, but the journey was cut short after 143 days after he was told the cancer spread to his lungs. He died shortly after.
To date, over $650 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Fox’s name.
There is no entry fee and no minimum fundraising amount required to participate.
People can participate as an individual or as a team (personal, corporate, or dedication) and by providing a corporate or personal donation.
Registration is at 9 am, the opening ceremony is at 9:40 am, and the run will begin at 10 am and go until noon.
Mayor Frank Scarpitti is expected to attend, and says monies raised from the run have been responsible for funding medical breakthroughs.
“(If) he were alive today, his type of cancer could have been treated successfully,” Scarpitti said. “Through his Marathon of Hope… (he left) a research legacy that has directly contributed to improved treatments, and survivor rates.”
tinyurl.com/TerryFoxMarkham to register or to donate.