September is here and the kids are back at school. This means that the Terry Fox run isn’t far away. For those of us in the Tri-Cities, it’s a chance to celebrate a great Canadian and a true hometown hero. If you’d like to learn more about Terry head to the Terry Fox Library in his hometown of Port Coquitlam. There is a quiet sitting area in the library that is surrounded by photos of Terry Fox where you can enjoy your read.
Every year the world remembers Terry Fox and the battle he lost but bravely fought. In Canada Terry Fox Runs raise money for cancer research every September, a month that Terry chose because this is the month when he had to stop his run across Canada to fight the cancer that eventually took his life. This means it’s the month when we had to take over and start running for him. This year it is on Sunday, September 15, 2013, and there are four runs happening in the Tri-Cities.
No Entry Fee. No Minimum Donation.
The Terry Fox Foundation is a grassroots organization, an independent entity from other cancer organizations. The over 9000 Terry Fox Runs they organize each year are put on 100% by volunteers. There is no entry fee required, no minimum pledge, no sponsorship and it is non-competitive. According to the Terry Fox Foundation, Terry wanted everyone to be able to participate and support the run, whether or not they could afford an entry fee, and whether or not they were great runners.