Cancer Research: Terry Fox Run in Gibsons

It is time to gear up to honour the spirit and memory of a true Canadian hero – Terry Fox.

Fox was the young man from Port Coquitlam with amazing determination who ran a marathon a day with a prosthetic leg after being diagnosed and treated for cancer. As his cross-Canada journey progressed, momentum grew in the form of support and awe at the undertaking of such a young and positive person. His family continues to be involved in the dream Terry Fox had of encouraging each Canadian to donate a dollar for cancer research to beat this disease. These feelings continue to inspire hope and courage in the face of challenge among Canadians and extend to many other places in the world where annual Terry Fox Runs take place.

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Gibsons is the local site where anyone can show up and take part by making a donation and/or participating in a run, walk or ride on Sept. 15. There are one, three, five and 10 km options that stay off the busy highway. Gather in the parking area adjacent to Brothers Park anytime after 8 a.m. to register and warm up before the official start at 9:30 a.m. Participants can go at their own pace.

Funds donated on site are matched by the local organizers. The donated funds support cancer research that has resulted, so far, in finding a more effective treatment for the type of cancer that Terry Fox had and other innovative cancer therapies. Donations can also be made online at the Terry Fox Foundation website – terryfox.org.

Contact local organizers Mary Findlay and Don Bland at homedbland@dccnet.com if you want to be involved or for more information.

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