34 years after Terry Fox was forced to end his cross-Canada Marathon of Hope to raise money to support better cancer treatment and research because his cancer had returned, people in cities and countries around the world are preparing to honour him by continuing the run on his behalf.
Oakville’s 33rd annual Terry Fox Run will be held on Sunday, September 15 at Coronation Park. Walk, bike, board, blade, run, push a stroller or walk the dog along a beautiful lake-side 2k, 5k or 10k route. The event is non-competitive and family-friendly with leashed dogs welcome participants. Participants are encourage to car pool and are reminded there is no parking in Coronation Park itself, and are asked to observe all “No Parking” signs on side streets nearby.
The run’s official start time is 10:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies will once again be hosted by Dan Ferrone.
Run morning will feature a kids’ activity tent, music, food and fun. Terry Fox Run t-shirts will be sold for $20. All proceeds from t-shirt sales go to the Terry Fox Run. The Bronte Harbour Chiropractic Clinic will be on hand to treat participants. Toronto Rock cheerleaders will cheer on everyone as they cross the finish line.
Thanks to Whole Foods and the Town of Oakville, this year’s Terry Fox Run will be one of the first runs in Oakville to be plastic water bottle free. The Town of Oakville has two water bars that they will provide at the run, one at the end of the run and one at the half-way point. These water bars provide municipal water via a machine that chills the water and can be used for refillable water bottles and recyclable paper cups, which will generously be donated by Whole Foods. Participants are invited to bring their own water bottles and refill them before and after the run.
Longos has also generously donated fresh fruit, which will be available after the run. The Kin Club again will be selling “kin-eggers” and fresh coffee with all proceeds to the event.
Again this year the Oakville run site will feature special ‘In Memory Of’ and ‘In Honour Of’ road signs which sell for $5. All residents of Oakville are encouraged to purchase a sign either in memory or in honour of a friend or family member who has experienced cancer. Signs can be purchased at Coronation Park on run morning and markers will be provided by volunteers to create your tribute card and post it along the route.
There is still time to ‘Team Up’ for Terry Fox. Teams can be as few as three people or as many as 200 or more. Teaming up for Terry is a special opportunity to come together to make a difference in the fight against cancer and to bond as families, friends and neighbours while showing your commitment to giving back. To form your own team visit www.terryfox.org and click on the Team Up For Terry tab.
Local business owners are also teaming up to support Oakville’s Terry Fox Run. Recently Sammy’s Famous chip wagon in Bronte held a Terry Fox Fundraiser with lunch proceeds going directly to support this year’s run. Thanks to owner Sammy Radwah, the event raised $750 for the run.
“The support of local businesses, service clubs and families is so important to the Oakville community and to the success of the Terry Fox Run,” said Pam Damoff, Chair of the Oakville Terry Fox Run. “By teaming up with the Terry Fox Run to raise funds for cancer research, these folks are continuing a long-standing commitment to improving the lives of everyone touched by cancer.”
Volunteers are still required to assist on run morning with everything from marshaling along the run route to cheering on finishers. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Cathy Duddeck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Run pledge sheets can be downloaded at www.terryfoxrun.org Registration is also available on site on the day of the Run. All Terry Fox Runs are organized by volunteers, and the Terry Fox Foundation is a leader among charitable causes in terms of low administration and fund-raising expenditures. The Terry Fox Foundation is proud of the fact that 84% of all funds donated — by Canadians of all ages and through Terry Fox Runs around the world — go directly to research into treatments for all forms of cancer.
About the Terry Fox Run
Since Terry’s death in 1981, the Terry Fox Run has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research. Over 500 million dollars has been raised world-wide in Terry’s name to produce better treatments for many different types of cancers. Each September, thousands of Oakville residents come together at Coronation Park to honour Terry by participating in the local Terry Fox Run.