Tantramar area residents are invited to run, walk, jog, wheel or ride this Sunday afternoon to help in the search for a cure for cancer.
Terry Fox Runs are taking place throughout the region this weekend and everyone is encouraged to take part in the 33rd annual fundraising event on Sept. 15.
“Come out on Sunday and show your support,” said Deanna Cadman, organizer of the annual Marathon of Hope in Sackville and special events coordinator for the town.
Cadman has been a long-time coordinator for the local Terry Fox Run and although numbers have been noticeably dwindling over the years due to competition from other cancer fundraisers, she said it’s important to keep the tradition alive.
“Sackville is a small community but it is always great to see the support of the community when it comes to raising funds for the Terry Fox Run,” she said.
“There have been a lot of families affected by losing a friend or family member due to cancer. I have lost a number of family members so when it comes to setting thing up for this day, I feel like I am making a difference. We need to keep raising money so hopefully someday they will be able to find a cure.”
In Sackville, participants can register at 12:30 p.m. at the Legion on Lorne Street and the run will begin at 2 p.m. Runners or walkers can participate in one of two routes – a five km or 10 km. A reception will follow the event.
Participants are encouraged to have their pledge sheets filled out prior to registering. The event, which will be held rain or shine, is open to walkers, runners, cyclers and rollerbladers. (It is mandatory to wear bicycle helmets.)
In Port Elgin, according to the Terry Fox website, the run will kick off at the village’s exhibition grounds at 1 p.m. Registration begins at 12 p.m. The run, which is open to walkers, runners and bikers, will be followed up with a reception. Organizers for the Port Elgin could not be reached for confirmation of these or further details.
In Murray Corner, the run gets under way for runners, walkers and bikers at 1 p.m. at the First United Church and will follow the Murray Road, with registration starting at 12:30.
Longtime organizer Eva Walton says the number of participants have varied each year in the 30-something years she’s been coordinating the Murray Corner run but has dwindled even more since the community stopped gathering for a potluck dinner as part of the fundraising event a few years ago.
But Walton, at 82 years old, says she wants to continue to do her part because she feels it’s an important cause – and she worries about whether anyone would step up to take over.
“It’s been a lot of work but it’s fun,” she said
Local school children will participate in events on National School Run Day on Thursday, Sept. 26.
For more information on the Terry Fox Run, visit www.terryfox.org.