Three members of the Kootenay Rhythm Dragon Boat paddlers team are ready to run, walk, bike, scooter, rollerblade, at the upcoming 41st Annual Terry Fox Run, on Sunday, September 19.
The Run is a Virtual Run again this year, so it’s up to everyone to TRY like TeRrY, and do it ONE DAY YOUR WAY.
The Kootenay Rhythm Dragon Boat trio, Dorita Van Vugt, Rae Macklon, and Pat Gibson, are leading the run, with Van Vugt running a marathon through Nelson in honour of her mother and Terry Fox.
Terry Fox ran on one leg and one artificial leg, every day for 143 days, a total of 3339 miles/5374 km to raise money to fight cancer.
The 2021 Terry Fox Run t-shirt this year was designed by a BC Métis Nation artist; it acknowledges Terry’s maternal grandmother Mary Gladue with floral beading representing flowers of her ancestral lands.
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.”
Canadians are encouraged to support and celebrate a favourite fall tradition that honours a national icon and makes a difference in the lives of millions of Canadians. 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 terryfox.org/run to learn more, sponsor a participant, or register to fundraise.