Terry Foxs cancer dream alive, as event closes on $3 million

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27th annual Scotiabank hosted event

$2.7 million later, Scotiabankers continue to meet annually each September to support a cause close to their hearts.

AMHERST  $2.7 million later, Scotiabankers continue to meet annually each September to support a cause close to their hearts.

Amherst will once again play host to the banks Terry Fox Ball Tournament this weekend with 14 teams competing in two divisions while celebrating their fundraising accomplishments over the past year and since they started in 1981.

The Terry Fox Foundation is close to us in many ways. Almost everyone has been impacted by cancer. Either theyve experienced cancer themselves or someone close to them has, organizing committee member Monique Gogan said.

Events kick off Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Wandlyn Inn with a celebration featuring Breeda McClew, the international director of the Terry Fox Foundation. McClew will speak to bankers about how their dollars are helping make a difference in the fight against cancer.

At the same time, the top branches will honoured for the money they have raised through a number of events including auctions, bake sales, ticket sales, car washes and so on. One of the top prizes is the presentation of a bat from the very first tournament 26 years ago that has the names of all the top fundraisers on it.

Its a very inspirational evening. We get to see friends we havent seen since last year and get inspired to go back out and do the same thing all over again, Gogan said.

From just $145 at that first tournament, the number has steadily climbed peaking at $266,751 in 2005 - which was the 25th anniversary of the event. Last year, $120,904 was raised.

Games begin Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Robbs Complex and St. Charles Field on East Pleasant Street. The tournament wraps up Saturday with the semifinals and finals at 1:30 and 3 p.m.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Terry Fox Foundation, Scotiabank, Wandlyn Inn

Geographic location: East Pleasant Street

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