Wet Terry Fox Run inspires

John K. White

It's been 39 years since Terry Fox had to cut his cross-Canada Marathon of Hope short in Ontario after discovering cancer had spread to his lungs.

Those unforgettable images of Fox step-hopping in his worn T-shirt and runners' shorts and his modified prosthetic leg inspired millions to carry on Terry's work in communities across Canada.

It didn't take Vernon Run participant Julie Melanson long to say what motivated her to run in the rain and cold on Sunday.

"We all know someone who has cancer," said Melanson after completing the run with a pair of pooches.

"I have four people in my life who are battling it or who have battled it. It's important that we get out as a family and support the run. Dad's still out on the course. He's had cancer," Melanson said. "I used to run with dad every year when I wads little, it's a family tradition."

Vernon event co-organizer Coreen Jenner said more than 100 people took part in the annual fundraiser.

"We had about 100 people out on the run in the rain," Jenner said as runners were still coming in. "[There were] kids and families and it was just great to see them all out here [despite] the rain today, and the cold."

Jenner also wanted to thank all of the businesses that donated all of the prizes for the silent auction and the food donations, as well as all of the volunteers who came out.

"It's been a great day, all in all, and we really appreciate everyone for keeping Terry's legacy alive," Jenner said.

Runners, walkers and scooters pushed through the weather to finish with smiles and the satisfaction of knowing their effort helped the cause.

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