Terry Fox is a symbol of hope that touches the hearts of not only Canadians but people around the world. His desire and passion towards spreading awareness for the need to raise funds for cancer research has left an immeasurable impact on our lives and a legacy that will not be forgotten.
Since Terry’s Marathon of Hope in 1980, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised over $600 million for cancer research and proudly donates 84 cents of every dollar towards finding a cure.
Donna White, provincial director of the Terry Fox Foundation BC and Yukon, explains that, “The wonderful part about his legacy is that it’s not just about the type of cancer Terry had, or cancers affecting youth, or men, or women. The Foundation funds research in to all kinds of cancer, believing as Terry did, that we need to conquer once and for all; for everybody”.
“When I started this run, I said that if we all gave one dollar, we’d have $22 million for cancer research, and I don’t care man, there’s no reason that isn’t possible. No reason!” stated Terry, a great Canadian Hero.
Terry dedicated his heart, body and spirit towards his dream to outrun cancer and displayed his determination by running a marathon a day on one leg for 143 days across Canada. He is truly a symbol of hope whose message transcends between generations and nationalities; leaving a lasting legacy that remains alive today.
For over 30 years, millions of people have taken part in the Terry Fox Run in their community and will continue to fight for the cause in the 32nd annual Terry Fox Run in Clearwater on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. Starting point will be next to the Sportsplex. Keeping with Terry’s wishes, the runs are non- competitive, have no entry fee and do not require a minimum pledge amount.
Register individually or as a group with your family, friends and co-workers and Team-Up for Terry. As well, the foundation would be delighted at the chance to honour Terry’s Team Members; those who have had or currently have cancer.
For more information about the run in your community, registering a Team or signing up as a Terry’s Team Member, visit The Terry Fox Foundation website at www.terryfox.org or call 1-888-836-9786.