The 35th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s historic run was celebrated in Sylvan Lake on Saturday, September 19 with the annual Terry Fox Run.
The event, which was less attended then in previous years, brought together cancer survivors, their families, people who have lost loved ones and community members in order to raise funds for the Terry Fox Foundation, which supports vital cancer research in order to one day find a cure.
The run commemorates Terry Fox’s historic dream to run across Canada 35 years ago, despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Fox’s dream would be cut short when he was forced to end his run in Thunder Bay, Ontario – a city that now has a monument in honour of the Canadian Icon.
Rodney DeMartin, a two-time cancer survivor, was one of this year’s participants at Centennial Park adding he believes in this cause completely as sees the importance of supporting those who are currently living with cancer.
“It’s very important because you need support – especially when you are in treatment,” DeMartin said. “The way research is going now, Terry Fox could have perhaps been alive today.”
He added that he has stopped in Thunder bay, where Fox’s run was unfortunately cut short, to see the Terry Fox monument.
Sean Hatfield also attended the event with his wife Andrea and his daughter Sydney. The Hatfield’s attended the event in support of Sean’s mother, who tragically lost her battle with ovarian cancer four years ago.
“We do walks and fundraisers every year to remember her and to raise money in hopes that other people won’t have to go through what we went through,” Andrea said. “This is important and it is one of the few charities that donates the money to charities, without a lot of overhead cost. That’s important to us and why we believe in it.”
She added that it’s good to have a sense of community and to have people come together to support each other.
The Terry Fox Run is a fun, non-competitive run that is in over 9,000 communities across Canada. If you would like more information about the run or you would like to run in next years event, you can log onto www.terryfox.org.
DeMartin added that he hopes to see more participants in next years event.