Amherst's 34th Terry Fox Run will take place on Sunday, Sept. 14 with a pair of events including a fun run in the morning and the main event in the afternoon.
AMHERST – Amherst’s Terry Fox Run has undergone a resurgence that last year saw double the amount of participants over previous years. It’s something Monique Sullivan hopes to see continued this year.
The 34th edition of the run is set for Sunday, Sept. 14 with a pair of events including the grandparents and family walk in the morning and the main 10-K event that afternoon.
“We were amazed by the turnout and the success we had last year,” Sullivan said. “We have double the amount of people we normally have. It just goes to show that Terry’s memory and legacy are just as strong today as it was when the first run was held after his death.”
The grandmothers and family walk will begin at McDonald’s at 9 a.m. and follow a five-kilometre course through the Amherst and Area Industrial Park. The main run and walk begins at 1 p.m. at the Cumberland YMCA and will follow a course around Amherst.
Sullivan said the grandmothers and family fun walk is unique to Amherst. It was begun several years after the original Terry Fox Run to give seniors and others an opportunity to participate.
One of the people who was instrumental in the shorter 5-K event, Rose Weatherbee, recently passed away.
Sullivan said it’s important to continue what Fox begun with his Marathon of Hope, but also to continue what Weatherbee started with the fun walk.
“The money that’s raised is very important to cancer research,” she said. “We’ve made tremendous gains in cancer research in that cancers that were once a death sentence are being treated and cured. It’s because of events like the Terry Fox Run that are making a difference.”
Sullivan said a number of participants come back year after year. Some of them, she said, are cancer survivors, are family members of those fighting or who have fought the disease while others are people who just want to make a difference.
To take part, go to www.terryfox.org, call 1-888-836-9786, or call Ruth Pipes at 902-667-3041 ext. 4402. Sullivan said participants can just so up the day of the run and there is no minimum donation or fee to participate.
March 1977 - Terry Fox is diagnosed with cancer in his right leg, which is later amputated six inches above the knee
February 1979 - Fox begins training for his cross-Canada marathon to raise money for cancer research and awareness
April 1980 - Fox dips his leg in the Atlantic Ocean to start his Marathon of Hope
September 1980 - Fox stops his run outside Thunder Bay, Ont. after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres.
June 1981 - Fox dies at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C.
September 1981 - The first Terry Fox Run is held at 760 sites across Canada, raising $3.5 million