Despite the challenges caused by the pandemic, the Terry Fox Foundation is committed to continuing the man’s legacy and moving forward with the annual run this year.
The Terry Fox Run will be following other fundraisers throughout the country and are going with a virtual format on September 20th. Lloydminster participants can walk, run or exercise at their home or on their own route during the day.
Saskatchewan Provincial Director Colin Kuntz says support for cancer research is always needed even if they aren’t able to run events the same way as they could in the past.
“Cancer isn’t going to stop for anybody so it is crucial in these times that we honour our loved ones. Get registered and go out and take part in whatever it is you wanted to do that day with your family or by yourself.”
For the 40th Anniversary of the Terry Fox Run, the foundation has been running a social media campaign encouraging people to try something new. The #TryLikeTerry campaign was inspired by Terry Fox’s perseverance and ability to try every day.
“When you look at Terry’s message from years ago, it was a message of hope and anything is possible if you try.”
Last year, LPSD students raised over $7,000 for the Terry Fox Run while the community event raised around $8,000. Schools are still expected to participate this year, but how they are organized will be left up to each individual school.
The Terry Fox Run has raised over $800 million for cancer research in over 900 communities across Canada.
Registration and donations can be found on the foundation’s website. Participants who register can also download an app which will help keep track of fundraising and provide challenges.