Annual Terry Fox Run Kicks Off: Update

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The 35th Annual Terry Fox Run raised $32,000 and counting as online donations are still coming in.

The turnout was a bit better than last year with 8-900 participating.

Almost $1,000 was raised from the pancake breakfast alone.

Here was this morning’s article:

The 35th Annual Terry Fox Run kicked off at 10 a.m. despite the muggy weather.

The numbers haven’t been tallied yet but it was said to be bigger than last year’s 800 turnout.

“It’s a legacy and we are continuing that legacy,” said Chanel Fall, who is on the organizing committee for the run.

It takes a lot of work she said, gathering donations, organizing sponsors, putting  street signs up and so on.

The 5 km run goes from the Pavilion to the swing bridge after Canal Drive and back.

Les Lampkin, who has been doing a 12,000 km solo walk himself around and around the city turned out today (pictured in the yellow shirt).

“This was a childhood dream to do the Terry Fox Run. Thirty-six years later I am finally living part of that dream,” he said.

Lampkin’s own walk has taken him over 8,600 kms in just over 11 months.

Terry Fox, who died on his 12,000 km run across Canada, in Thunder Bay. The Sault was one of his last stops on his journey.

If Terry Fox was alive today we would have had an 80 per cent survival rate as opposed to the 10 per cent he had back in the 80s.

The Terry Fox Run is a non-competitive event where people get together as individuals, families, and groups to raise money for cancer research in Terry’s name. It is a day of celebrating Terry’s legacy and helping to keep alive his dream of finding a cure for cancer.

Terry Fox Runs take place in over 9,000 communities across Canada every year and are accessible to anyone with no entry fee, no minimum pledge and a non-competitive atmosphere. Participants can run, walk, blade or bike and most of all have fun while raising funds for cancer research.

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