Annual cancer event continues on Sunday in Amherst

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Continuing Terry Fox’s legacy

AMHERST – Walkers, runners and those on two wheels will hit the streets of Amherst on Sunday participating in the 33rd Terry Fox Run.

Monique Sullivan looks over a poster for Sunday’s 33rd Terry Fox Run and Grandmothers and Family Fun Walk in Amherst. The five-kilometre grandmothers’ walk begins at 9 a.m. at McDonald’s on South Albion Street, while the Terry Fox Run starts from the Cumberland YMCA at 1 p.m.

AMHERST – Walkers, runners and those on two wheels will hit the streets of Amherst on Sunday participating in the 33rd Terry Fox Run.

Events begin early in the morning with the annual Grandmothers and Family Fun Walk, starting with registration at McDonald’s at 9 a.m. and following a route through the Amherst and Area Industrial Park.

The main event begins at 1 p.m. at the Cumberland YMCA and will follow a 10-kilometre route around the town before ending back at the YMCA.

“It’s very important that we continue Terry’s legacy and raise important dollars for cancer research,” organizing committee member Monique Sullivan said. “We have come a long way, but there is still much to be done.”

The grandmothers and family walk is unique to Amherst and began several years after the original Terry Fox Run to give seniors an opportunity to participate. Over the years, it has become more of a family event.

Sullivan said last year’s event had about 50 participants and she’s hopeful the same number, or more, will take part this year.

While it’s getting harder to find volunteers to organize the Terry Fox Run as time goes on, Sullivan said there is still a dedicated group locally who are working to continue what Fox started when he set out on his Marathon of Hope more than 30 years ago.

Sullivan remembers participating in the first run while living in Summerside, P.E.I., completing the route on rollerskates.

“There are a lot of other events going on through the year, but the Terry Fox Run continues to be a major fundraiser in the fight against cancer through the Terry Fox Foundation,” Sullivan said. “More than $600 million has been raised since the beginning and runs are held in as many as 25 countries worldwide.”

There is no entry fee to take part in the events and it’s open to anyone who wants to walk, run or wheel through the route.

Information on how to participate, how to get a pledge sheet or contribute financially is available at terryfox.org.

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Organizations: YMCA, Terry Fox Foundation

Geographic location: Amherst, Area Industrial Park, Summerside

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