Soon it’ll be Terry Fox time again. All over the world, people will be running, walking or cycling to raise funds for the cancer campaign started by a courageous young man from Coquitlam.
On April 12, 1980, Terry dipped his foot in the Atlantic Ocean, beginning his epic run in St. John’s, N. L. He intended to run to Vancouver, about 8,000 miles, and planned to dip his leg in the Pacific Ocean at Stanley Park. At Toronto, people started to take notice of Terry, and it was there that he said, “Dreams are made if people only try. I believe in miracles — have to — because somewhere the hurting must stop.”
He ran 26 miles a day, reaching Ontario in June. Then, at mile number 3339, cancer returned and forced him to give up his run. We all know the rest of the story.
Here in Hope, every September, a walk/run takes place, as it does all over the country and world. Please try to take part on Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Memorial Park bandstand. Registration starts at 9 a.m, with the start at 9:30. There is no entry fee, no minimum pledge or donation, and no obligation to do the whole route. Run, walk, bicycle or push a stroller. You don’t have to collect pledges unless you want to. Simply bring a donation, big or small, and remember it is income tax deductible if it is over $20.
Please bring a friend or neighbour, and show your support and show that Hope is a caring community. Remember what Terry said, “Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going without me.”
If you’d rather, drop a donation off at the Hope and District Recreation Centre, or mail one to: Terry Fox Foundation, 2669 Shaughnessy St., Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 3G7.
Terry Fox volunteer