Terry Fox Run reaches $1 million goal
A LEGACY CONTINUES
Hundreds of Huntsville residents participated in the 32nd annual Terry Fox Run on Sept. 16. Participants ran, biked or walked a one, five or 10 kilometre route.
HUNTSVILLE – Terry Fox was a believer. A believer in miracles, a believer in people and a believer in finding a cure for cancer.
In the 32 years of the Terry Fox Run Huntsville too has been a believer, raising over $1 million for cancer research.
“We’re proud of Huntsville and it’s a tribute to the kind of gentleman that Terry Fox was,” said Bill Coon, the Huntsville run organizer.
This year’s run on Sept. 16 saw more than 415 participants running, walking or biking a one, five or 10 kilometre route and about 90 volunteers helping to make the event run smoothly.
“It shows the character of our community, the ability of volunteers and supporters to get behind any worthwhile event,” said Coon. “It’s the quality of people that live here, they take great pride in their community.”
Funds raised from the run go toward the Terry Fox Foundation for cure-oriented cancer research. It is one of the largest non-governmental funders of cancer research in the country, with 32 full-time staff in 10 offices. To date, the foundation has raised over $600 million for cancer research worldwide and 84 cents cents of every dollar raised goes to research with the hopes of some day eliminating the disease.
Coon is hopeful the 2013 run will build on the strength of this year’s event and attract even more participants from the Huntsville, Lake of Bays and surrounding communities.