This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, which saw Terry Fox roughly 42 kilometres a day for 143 days before his leg cancer spread to his lungs. He was able to raise more than $27 million, a dollar for every Canadian at that time. While the goal for the Swan City Rotary Club’s 32nd annual Terry Fox Run is a little more modest at over $13,000, organizer Terry Shields argues every penny counts.
“The nice thing about the Terry Fox Run is that it’s very light on administration, because the events are hosted and ran by mostly charity groups such as the Rotary Club in Grande Prairie. Over 84 cents of every dollar goes to cancer research.”
Since 1980, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $715 million. Locally, the goal is to raise more than last year’s event which brought in roughly $13,000. Shields says the cause resonates with people across the country.
“An able bodied person would have a tough time running a marathon every day and Terry Fox was able to do it after losing his leg to cancer. It’s just his basic determination that I think inspires Canadians.”
Anyone interested in walking, running, or riding the event can show up Sunday after 10 a.m. with the run starting at noon at Muskoseepi Park. Students at schools across the Peace region are taking part in their own fundraising runs over the next three weeks.