NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHAS: People will be taking to the streets in North Durham and the Kawartha Lakes, this Sunday, Sept. 17th, for the annual Terry Fox Run fundraiser.
As usual, participants can choose to walk, run or bike in any edition of the fundraiser.
The Port Perry gathering will begin at the fairgrounds, located at 15835 Old Simcoe Rd. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. There will be a welcome, introduction of Terry’s Team members, and then an aerobic warmup at 9 a.m. Participants can choose a 1, 5 or 10 km course.
Since it came to the area 24 years ago, the Port Perry community run and the school editions have raised a total of $1,067,813. Last year, the schools raised a total of $17,931 and the community run raised $33,219. 457 people took part in the community Terry Fox Run at the fairgrounds last year.
Organizer Elizabeth McArthur told The Standard, she hopes to see about 500 people at this year’s event, but stressed that she doesn’t like to set a specific participation goal.
“We are very careful not to put out a goal, because it undermines the people that are there [participating],” she said. “I would like to see it continue to grow and expand.”
Once again, Ms. McArthur hopes to raise $1 from every resident of Scugog Township.
“That was Terry’s goal. His request was that every Canadian give $1 to his Marathon of Hope,” she said. “Our ultimate goal is to raise as much as we can because that money goes to innovative cancer research.”
In addition, Ms. McArthur said, the number of Terry Team members, at the local community event, has been increasing over the years.
"It takes courage to put on that red shirt and say to the community 'I am a cancer survivor and research works,” she said.
Despite the fact there are not cures for all types of cancers yet, Ms. McArthur stressed, the money donated from the annual fundraiser is making a difference.
“Survival rates from many cancers have increased dramatically,” she said. “[Researchers] are learning more and more all the time.”
The Uxbridge edition of the fundraiser will meet at the Bandshell, in Uxbridge’s Elgin Park, using the entrance off of Main St.
Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m., and then the run will leave the park at 9 a.m. Participants can choose a 2.5, 5 or 10 km course. Last year, the community run and the school fundraisers raised a total of $28,000. Since the community run came to Uxbridge, the community has raised a total of $460,816 for cancer research.“It’s a small community, and for us to be able to raise $20,000 in a morning, it’s a good feeling that that money is going to cancer research,” organizer Maggie Ferraro told The Standard.
She also stressed, 82 cents of every dollar goes directly to research.
The Lindsay edition of the Terry Fox Run will meet at the Lindsay Recreation Centre. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the run will begin at 10 a.m. Participants can choose a 1, 5 or 10 km course. The course is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
For more information on the annual Marathon of Hope, and to find a run site in your area, go on-line to www.terryfox.org.
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