36th Terry Fox Run on Sunday
Prince George, B.C. – It is difficult to think of anything that year after year after year inspires Canadians to stop what they are doing for a few hours to collectively devote themselves to one single event, as is the case with the Terry Fox Run.
From childhood continuing on into adulthood Canadians, for the past 35 years, have eagerly taken part in run events from coast to coast to coast to commemorate Terry’s 1980 Marathon of Hope and raise money to fight and hopefully once and for all beat the disease that, in the end, took Terry’s life.
Cancer continues to inflict great pain and damage in this country. Figures from 2015 indicated 100,500 men diagnosed with cancer with 41,000 dying of the disease, 96,400 women diagnosed and 37,000 deaths. Each day on average 540 Canadians are diagnosed with cancer and each day 215 people succumb to the disease.
If you find those figures numbing here’s another. The Terry Fox Foundation states that so far over $700 million has been raised for cancer research through Terry Fox Run events held around the world.
Tomorrow, Sunday, residents of Prince George will join thousands of people in over 800 Canadian towns and cities to take part in the 36th Annual Terry Fox Run. The local event begins with registration at 9 a.m. at the Terry Fox statue at Community Foundation Park. And then at 10 a.m. participants head out on a run, or walk, on bikes or roller blades to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. Everyone is welcome to take part in the non-competitive event.
Those wishing to donate to the effort can do so online at www.terryfox.org
Terry Fox has always been my personal hero. In 2014 the Harper Government initiated a country wide survey asking Canadians who their heroes were, Terry Fox came in as the second most popular. In order of ranking these were the top 10 Canadian heroes:
4.Lester B. Pearson
8.Sir John A. Macdonald
Scratch #1 and 7 off that list, and it’s a start.
Terry Fox had a dream to raise money and find the cure for Cancer. Not sure he would be all to happy with the way the Canadian Cancer Society has evolved. Spending $61 million on fund raising and $45 million on research and ever rising administration cost $10 million. Emergency aid for families struggling with family member and cost of stay and accommodations was at one time addressed with a visit from a volunteer to review their financial situation and based on a formula cover some costs same day with a Cheque. Today its on line application that’s worse than and more difficult than a person applying for social assistance. The CCS is now becoming more corporate which is very sad indeed.
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