Terry's Metis heritage

The Indigenous heritage of Terry Fox is being celebrated as organizers get ready for the annual Terry Fox Run.

Betty Fox was of Metis heritage and the Metis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is honouring that heritage.

Last week, Darryl Fox, Terry's brother, was given the Order of the Sash, the highest honour the MNBC can bestow upon someone.

Tanya Davoren is organizing the 2017 Vernon run which takes place Sunday at Marshall Fields.

Registration is at 9 a.m. with the run/walk/bike taking place at 10 a.m.

“I know a lot of Metis people will be coming,” said Davoren. “Anyone can take part, there is no minimum donation and no registration fee. It is for all ages and abilities.”

New to the run this year is the two-kilometre course which will be in addition to the traditional five and 10-k courses.

“Some people wanted to take part, but they said the five k was too much,” said Davoren. “We have people running, walking, riding with bikes, pushing strollers. It's for everyone.”

Last year, 434 people participated, raising more than $8,000.

“A high percentage of money raised goes directly to cancer research,” said Davoren.

The run is held in 25 countries and is hailed as the largest one-day event fundraiser in the world.

Since it began, the run has raised more than $715 million.

Fox began his Marathon of Hope in 1980 and quickly captured the nation's, and the world's, attention.

Canadians lined the streets to cheer on their favourite son, but those cheers turned to tears when it was revealed the cancer had returned and would ultimately claim his life in 1981.

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