The 41st annual Terry Fox Run is taking place in communities across Canada, including New Westminster, on Sunday, Sept. 19.
“The Terry Fox Foundation has now raised over $850 million for cancer cure research,” said Dr. Kathy Jones, who organizes the local run. “Terry's legacy lives on and his story continues to inspire people in Canada and around the world.”
Where is this year's run?
Like last year, community members will not gather in New Westminster for the annual Terry Fox Run because of the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean they can’t support the cause.
“Participants are encouraged to walk, run, wheel or cycle the distance of their choice, solo or with others in their bubbles, wherever they are on Sunday,” Jones said. “All of this is to try to optimize safety of participants during the ongoing COVID pandemic. We sure hope to be able to gather safely for next year's run!”
Tell us about the New West run:
“Last year, the New Westminster run raised an impressive $17,147.72 in the community and $16,519.22 in the school events for a grand total of $33,666.94,” Jones said in an email to the Record. “Way to go New Westminster! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Jones said the New West Terry Fox community lost a stalwart supporter when Deb Jacques died from her cancer in March of this year.
“Deb raised over $70,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation through her many years of participation and fundraising. She did this to honour a close friend who died of cancer many years ago. Deb carried on her efforts even when struck with cancer herself a few years ago,” Jones said. “She is one of the many people I will be remembering when I run on the 19th.”
Why do you organize this event?
This year marks Jones’ 13th year as the organizer of the run in New West.
“It is an honour and a pleasure to help the Terry Fox Foundation and to help local residents have a place to support Terry's dream of finding cures for cancer,” she said. “Terry is a hero of epic proportions for me.”
What is the motto of the Terry Fox Run?
“Try Like Terry. That is the motto again this year,” Jones said. “We urge people to participate in whatever way they can – walk, run, wheel, ride.”
You can get more details about runs and you can donate to the Terry Fox Run at www.terryfox.org.