The Nelson Daily Staff
There’s probably no one in the world that hasn’t in some way been touched by cancer.
Sunday, starting at the Rotary Shelter in Lakeside Park, Nelsonites have the opportunity to help end this deadly disease by participating in the 30th annual Terry Fox Run.
“Last year we didn’t have as good a turnout as we would have liked so this year hopefully we can improve on that,” Nelson organizer Mike Hurley told The Nelson Daily.
The Nelson Terry Fox Run starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration followed by a mass start at 9:30 a.m.
Participants can run, walk, jog, bike, skateboard or even trot on the Nelson waterfront raising money for cancer research.
“Bring the whole family and donate a dollar each . . .. That was Terry’s dream,” Hurley said. “You don’t have to go out and collect pledges, although many people do, just show up and be a part of the Marathon of Hope.”
Recently, the Terry Fox Foundation has made strides toward getting the work that researchers are doing to the doctors and patients more quickly, rather than letting things get tied up in red-tape.
Fox, starting on Canada’s eastern seaborne, ran a marathon every day for 143 days. Every day, through the pain, he got up and ran another day — an amazing journey that captured Canadians from Coast to Coast.
Fox called it “the Marathon of Hope.”
At the end of his run, after 5, 373 kilometers, Terry Fox was forced to stop.
The cancer had spread and eventually took Terry from us in June 1981.
To date, more than $500 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in the name of Terry Fox with $.87 going from every dollar raised going directly to cancer research.
There are other runs in the Kootenays including Salmo, starting at 11 a.m. from the Fire Hall; Castlegar, with a noon start from Kinnaird Park and Trail, beginning from Gyro Park on Charles Lakes Drive at 10 a.m.
Of note, the National School Run Day is set for Thursday, September 30th with most schools, including Nelson’s L.V. Rogers, hosting an event.
People wanting to donate online can do so at www.terryfoxrun.org
Terry Fox Run goes Sunday at Lakeside Park