The annual Terry Fox Run goes this Sunday, Sept. 16 in Richmond at Garry Point Park.
Last year, around 400 participants and volunteers joined together to honour Terry Fox’s legacy at the annual run/walk in his name, with more than $18,000 was raised for cancer research.
Organizers will be aiming to beat that number this Sunday, when the event kicks off at 10 a.m., with a 9 a.m. registration.
This September marks the 38th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, with hundreds of thousands of people across Canada remembering Fox’s audacious effort to run coast to coast.
The longevity of the run and the cancer research legacy inspired by Fox is, according to organizers, “a remarkable reflection of Canada’s respect for a man who gave us an indelible example of what it means to persevere.”
“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,” said Terry Fox Foundation Executive Director Britt Andersen.
Since Terry ran his Marathon of Hope in 1980, Canadians have raised more than $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 change.
Sign up to fundraise at TerryFox.org.