Huge turnout for Terry
Sep 15, 2013 / 7:22 pm
7:20 p.m. update: More than 1300 participants and 125 volunteers raised $98,000 for cancer research Sunday, during the 33rd Annual Terry Fox Run in Kelowna.
The achievement puts Kelowna among the top three community Runs in the province in terms of fundraising and participation numbers.
84 cents of every dollar raised will go directly to cancer research.
"The support from our community is overwhelming,” says local volunteer co-coordinator Lisa Worman. "So many businesses and volunteers return each year to donate their time, energy and products, all in recognition of Terry. Many participants come year after year as well. With a zero budget to put on the event, we rely heavily on our community. With the success of today's Terry Fox Run, Kelowna should be proud!"
If you were unable to attend the Run today, donations can still be made online here.
The 33rd Annual Terry Fox Run took place in cities around the world today and hundreds of Okanagan residents turned out to the Mission Sportsfield on Gordon to raise funds for cancer research and celebrate the life of the man who started it all.
“It’s not a race, there are no winners or losers, in fact, participants aren’t even required to register in advance or pay any fees,” said Lisa Worman, Volunteer Co-chair.
“It’s an amazing day.”
Participants had the option of running, walking or biking along either a 1.5 km, 5 km, or 9 km route.
The first groups left the starting line at around 11:00 a.m. after a countdown by Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray and introduction speech from MLA Norm Letnick.
“If you’re looking for inspiration, all you have to do is look to Terry Fox,” Letnick told the crowd of hundreds.
Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam. He started his Marathon of Hope run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980, and after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because his cancer had spread to his lungs.
Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22.
To date, over $600 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research because of Terry and Kelowna resident Leslie Flamand is more thankful than most for the generosity and dedication of event supporters.
Leslie is a 27 year cancer survivor who was first diagnosed in 1984, four years after Terry’s passing. Her third treatment came directly from the money raised during Fox’s campaign in 1980.
“It’s because of Terry that I’m still alive,” she said.
“It’s so important that this event continues and that the next generation carries the torch.”
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