Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope Inspires the Island

Hundreds of thousands of people across Canada are expected to participate in the Annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 18th, a fundraising event taking place in over 800 communities nation-wide that continue to embody the indomitable spirit of Terry Fox. Salt Spring Island will live up to doing things a bit differently by holding its event on Sunday September 25, 2016.

Terry’s Marathon of Hope in 1980 heralded a new age in fundraising. Terry was an innovator, raising funds for a disease that was still referred to in whispers while attempting to run across Canada, an athletic feat few able-bodied athletes would even consider. He ran with his artificial leg exposed, he talked about his experience with cancer; he gave hope to those suffering from the disease. Terry’s grassroots approach was a direct reflection of who he was – and Canadians embraced him with an intensity rarely seen before.

There is no doubt that Terry’s example of courage and perseverance lives on today in Terry Foxers of all ages. Terry Fox Runs wouldn’t happen each year on Salt Spring Island without our residents’ commitment to continue Terry’s dream to find a cure for cancer.

The Terry Fox Runs are non-competitive, all inclusive, family oriented activity where participants can run, walk, blade or bike.

On Sunday, September 25th, Terry Fox supporters, family and friends are encouraged to participate in their favourite Canadian tradition to ensure that cancer research continues to make a difference. As Terry himself might have said, one dollar from every Canadian; that’s it.

About the Terry Fox Foundation

The Terry Fox Foundation is an international organization whose mission is to maintain the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Runs, School Runs and other fundraising initiatives. To date, over $700 million has been raised worldwide in Terry Fox's name to fund the most promising and innovative research in Canada. The Terry Fox Foundation national headquarters are located in Burnaby, BC with offices in 9 provinces. For more information visit terryfox.org.

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September 20, 2016 4:24 PM