This weekend was dedicated to a true Canadian hero, Terry Fox. Terry Fox started his journey to run across Canada in St Johns Newfoundland 1980. Terry Fox ran a full marathon for 143 days straight, running through 6 provinces Two thirds of the way through his run, Terry became ill, the cancer had returned and was now in his lungs.
Terry’s hope was to raise 1 million dollars. His message to us was “It’s got to keep going without me” and it has. The Terry Fox Run has raised $750 million dollars for cancer research since 1980 improving cancer survival rates and improving the lives of those living with cancer.
Sunday was run day and over 350 people participated and listened to Mayor Mike Hurley talk about Terry Fox, Burnaby’s adopted son and what he means to everyone in our community. Mayor Hurley talked about making next year’s run, the 40th anniversary, a special event for Burnaby’s Terry Fox Run. The highest number of families participated in this year’s run, proof that multi family generations learn the significance of this tremendous hero and his many accomplishments. Cancer survivor, Katrina Bennett shared her inspirational and moving personal story of living with and surviving cancer and the impact on her children. The exceptional number of volunteers (70) made the writers first go at Run Organizer very smooth.
The exceptional work of the previous run organizer, Anna Solnickova, supported this transition year as we move into the 40th year.
Please mark your calendar for September 20, 2020 for a very special Terry Fox Run Day in Burnaby.