Upcoming Terry Fox Run seeks to support cancer research

Terry Fox pushes forward during his Marathon of Hope on June 28, 1980, inspiring a movement that continues today. Photo via Terry Fox Foundation official website.

Next weekend, the local Terry Fox Run will take place at Lake Ontario Park. Participants and supporters are busy raising money for cancer research and preparing to run, walk, cycle, wheel, and skate to keep Terry’s dream alive.

“When Terry dipped his prosthetic leg in the Atlantic Ocean on that chilly April morning in 1980 and started his Marathon of Hope, he could not have imagined the impact he would have on our country – nor how his determination would continue to inspire Canadians,” the local event organizers for the Terry Fox Foundation said in a media release on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023.

Today, 43 years later, Terry’s mission continues with hundreds of Terry Fox Runs, thousands of school Runs, and millions of supporters across Canada and in more than 20 countries around the world.

The local event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023. Registration begins at Lake Ontario Park at 8 a.m., with the run beginning at 9 a.m.

According to the release, when Terry stopped running, people started writing. Terry and his family received thousands of letters filled with support and encouragement. This year, organizers are asking everyone to write to Terry.

“Already we’ve received countless post cards and messages on social media from Canadians thanking Terry for his courage and sharing their own very-personal stories,” the Terry Fox Foundation stated.

“This September 17, we continue the annual Terry Fox Run surrounded by #DearTerry messages of love, hope, and inspiration from participants across Canada and abroad. It is heartwarming to know that Terry’s legacy is as strong as ever.”

Terry Fox had one goal: a world without cancer. Help make his dream a reality and register to raise funds for cancer research at terryfox.org.

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