24th Annual Terry Fox Run

It was 24 summers ago that a young man from British Columbia captivated Canada with his determination to find a cure for cancer. On Sunday, September 19, 2004 Tumbler Ridge can ensure that we significantly contribute to the cure for cancer. There is no doubt that cancer has touched everyone?s life in one-way or another.

I would like to invite individuals, families, clubs, companies, businesses and organizations to participate, motivate and encourage everyone around you to be a part of the ?Terry Fox Run.? The route is 5 km in length with an alternative shorter route and participants can walk, bike, jog, wheelchair or in-line skate the event.

Pledge sheets are available at the Community Centre, Shop Easy, Town Hall, and Dollar Store.

The run/walk will begin at 1:00 pm with an official welcome, followed by a warm-up and the ?Run? begins! A water station will be located half way for those who would like to take a break and replenish. At the finish line, runners/walkers will also receive an official Terry Fox certificate. A barbecue will begin at 1:30 pm and Lori Homister will provide music. Terry Fox t-shirts will be on sale.

The Foundation relies on the efforts of encouraging colleagues, families and friends to participate, fundraise or to simply donate. This approach supports the grassroots philosophy of the Foundation and therefore all money raised on September 19 goes strictly to cancer research.

When Terry ran his Marathon of Hope it was something that had never been attempted before. He captured the nation as he ran. When he realized he couldn?t complete his journey, Terry helped lay out the concept of the annual event.

There is no fee for participants to be involved with the Terry Fox Run. The Terry Fox Run is driven by community donations and does NOT spend any of the funds raised to host the local event. Anyone may participate.

The funds raised through the Terry Fox Run are administered through the National Institute of Canada. The NCIC provides grants to support qualifying innovative cancer research regardless of the type of cancer targeted.

This year I was fortunate enough to attend a Terry Fox Run workshop in Vancouver. Expenses for the trip were supplied courtesy of Hawkair. Fred Fox spoke to us about growing up with Terry. He told us how Terry was just an ordinary kid whose vision was to help raise funds to end the suffering cancer inflicts on those it touches. Fred was a very motivating speaker who made you want to get out there and make a difference.

The highlight of the trip was having a tour of the Terry Fox research lab. Dr Gerald Krystal gave us an overview of how cancer research has progressed from 24 years ago when Terry was first diagnosed. Listening to Dr.Krystal you could hear the passion and enthusiaium for his work. He stressed to us how important what we are doing to raise money for research helps the lab to continue to pursue a cure for cancer.

This year?s theme is ?How Far Will You Go?? Terry went as far as he could go and it is a question of how far we will go to continue to help raise funds for cancer research. Come out and join us on Sunday, September 19, 1:00 pm in front of the Community Centre.

Cheryl Hayden

Terry Fox Run Coordinator