Runners take part in last year’s Terry Fox Run.

Runners take part in last year’s Terry Fox Run.

Terry Fox Run goes September 14

Terry’s Marathon of Hope took place in 1980 to raise awareness about the importance of finding a cure for cancer.

Terry’s Marathon of Hope took place in 1980 with the simple objective of informing Canadians of the importance of finding a cure for cancer.

With fierce determination, he ran an average of 42 kilometres (26 miles) every day for 143 days. Terry was forced to stop his run on Sept. 1, 1980 when the cancer spread to his lungs.

The first Terry Fox Run in 1981 attracted 300,000 participants across Canada. In 2013 the runs across Canada raised $2.25 million. Terry Fox Foundation is a leader among charitable causes in terms of low administration and fundraising expenditures — 85 cents of every dollar raised goes to cancer research.

The Terry Fox Foundation is one of the largest non-governmental funders of cancer research in the country. Your donations have helped to fund 1,180 research projects which have included research in lung, ovarian, colorectal, pancreatic, oral, liver  and many more types of cancer.

The Williams Lake Terry Fox Run will take place Sunday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. Everyone is encouraged to walk or run either the 5km or 10km routes through the city. Funds raised will go directly to the Terry Fox Foundation.

You can register the morning of the run, or online at http://www.terryfox.org/Run/

More information can also be found on the City’s website at http://www.williamslake.ca/421/Terry-Fox-Run