Help cancer research at Terry Fox Run Sunday

Team up with your colleagues, family, friends, social club or athletic group this Sunday at the annual Terry Fox Run.

Team up with your colleagues, family, friends, social club or athletic group to celebrate, honour and remember loved ones this Sunday at the annual Terry Fox Run.

Help support cancer research across Canada in Williams Lake this Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Registration goes from 9 to 11 a.m. with the official event kicking off at 10 a.m.

There is no entry fee and no minimum pledge required. You can run, walk, wheel or ride the five- or 10-kilometre route through Williams Lake.

Fox’s Marathon of Hope began in 1980 with little fanfare following a battle with bone cancer that forced him to have his right leg amputated.

While in hospital, Fox was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.

After 143 days, 5,373 kilometres and achieving an enormous amount of fanfare, Terry was forced to stop running outside Thunder Bay, Ont. because cancer had appeared in his lungs.

He passed away on June 28, 1981 at 22 years old.

To date, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $600 million for cancer research worldwide.

The foundation maintains the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research through the run.

The Terry Fox Research Institute also seeks to improve significantly the outcomes of cancer research for the patient through a highly collaborative, team-oriented, milestone driven approach to research with the goal of enabling discoveries to translate quickly into practical solutions for cancer patients worldwide.

The TFF raises approximately $24 million annually for cancer research in Canada.

For more information on the Williams Lake Terry Fox Run call the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex at 250-398-7665.

To obtain a pledge sheet visit the complex or print one online at www.terryfox.org.