By Iryna Paltseva
Something amazing happened 42 years ago. An incredible young man Terry Fox who faced a terrible disease and had his leg amputated due to cancer not only didn’t give up but became an example for millions of people.
He decided to cross Canada on one leg to raise funds for the fight against cancer. In 143 days, he ran 5,373 kilometers – an average of a classic marathon per day.
Unfortunately, the disease didn’t allow him to complete what he started, but his extraordinary work lives on. Terry Fox Marathon of Hope is held annually worldwide, so everyone can be a proud part of his legacy.
Terry Fox wasn’t a quitter, and neither is Georgina! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to visit The North Gwillimbury Park – Roches Point on Sunday, September 18th for the Annual Georgina Terry Fox Run.
Registration opens at 8:30 am, Walk/Run Starts at 10 am. There will be YRP, Georgina Fire Dept, Sutton Legion Flag Party, Bruce Etherington Bag Pipes, Fitness Force Warm Up, Showcase Costume Meet & Greet Characters, free water, snacks, a limited edition of exclusive t-shirts for sale, a memorial board, and much more! Kids and friendly dogs are welcome.
Laurie Pangman-Carriere, who has been organizing a Terry Fox Run in Georgina for approximately a decade, remembers what a huge impact Terry’s story had on her when she was a young teenager. It helped her cope with the loss of her father, who spent more than six years in and out of the hospital with his battle with cancer.
Thanks to a Canadian hero countless numbers of cancer patients today have a much greater chance of survival and a cancer diagnosis is no longer considered a death sentence as it was in the 1970s.
Donations are welcome all year round – Laurie says, if we do nothing, we will accomplish nothing. Every person counts and even a dollar can make a difference!
To donate or sign up for the Georgina Terry Fox Run, visit www.terryfox.org.
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