Rick and Collette Fall take a break in the Japanese Memorial Gardens in Hope on April 20, 2021. They are heading to Ontario to raise funds for childhood cancer research. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Rick and Collette Fall take a break in the Japanese Memorial Gardens in Hope on April 20, 2021. They are heading to Ontario to raise funds for childhood cancer research. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

B.C. athlete running 4,200 km across five provinces for a childhood cancer

Rick Fall, originally from Duncan, passed through Hope on his way to Ontario this week

A cross-country trip, in normal times, is a great way to see Canada.

A cross-country trip on foot for not one but two causes is a bit more unique.

Former Duncan resident Rick Fall passed through Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs and Hope on his run across the country, steadily making his way from his former Duncan home to his current home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. After a short rest in Harrison, he was on the road again through Hope and out to the Coquihalla, all to raise money for Make-A-Wish Canada and Childhood Cancer Canada, his eyes firmly set on a $300,000 goal.

Fall’s wife, Collette, drives a support van behind him, advertising their cause. As of publication, the couple’s efforts have raised more than $23,000 — much of which was raised last year.

Fall spoke with Black Press on Monday, April 19; Rick and Collette were on a bike ride from Harrison to Agassiz to work some different muscles and take advantage of the favourable weather.

“It’s all going really well,” Fall said. “We started out in Victoria and spent three days on the Island. We’ve had great support from family and friends.”

Fall has been involved with his local Terry Fox Run for many years and was inspired by Fox’s Herculean efforts.

“I’m not going to try to take over Terry’s legacy,” he said. “I want to cover what Terry didn’t cover, and in a different direction.”

In addition to the Terry Fox Run, Fall has run a total of 14 marathons, making appearances at the Chigaco, Boston, New York and Berlin marathons, in addition to several half-marathons. He averages about 40 kilometres a day, taking a break every 10 kilometres for the first 20 and deciding how to handle the remaining 20 day by day.

“Physically, I feel great,” he said. “The heat has not got to me, but it was definitely warm the last few days. My body hasn’t been acclimatized to the heat yet, but it’s okay.”

Fall’s motivation to raise money for children’s cancer research comes from his concern at research efforts being underfunded. As for Make-A-Wish, the foundation has a closer, personal tie.

“My niece, years ago, was granted a wish through Make-A-Wish Foundation, so I thought I would put the two causes together and give back,” Fall added. “We got approval from both foundations to do a joint venture between the two, and we’re working really well together.”

The couple originally set out to take on the 4,200-kilometre journey in April of 2020, but the pandemic pushed the event to this year. Donations have been coming in online and in person, including a chance encounter with a donor while parked in Harrison Hot Springs.

“We’re trying to get the word out to as many people as possible,” he said. “Fundraising is going great.”

Rick’s website, fallorick.com, details not only ways donors can support the ongoing run but has a live tracker on his progress, funds raised as well as some information about Rick and Collette and some pictures along the way.

-with files from Jessica Peters


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Motorists breaking travel rules can be fined $230 for failing to follow instructions or $575 if the reason for travel violates the essential travel health order, at this Highway 3 check area near Manning Park. Photo RCMP
RCMP begin checking drivers on BC highways

Four check points are set up Thursday May 6 around the province

The Aquilini Investment Group has agreed to a proposed contract of five years to run the Abbotsford Centre. (File photo)
Proposal to run Abbotsford Centre offered to Canucks ownership group

Planned five-year contract to cost city $750K annually, starting Jan. 1, 2022

JANGO the police dog helped track down a suspect on Luckakuck Way in Chilliwack. (RCMP photo)
Alleged thief in Chilliwack can’t fool the nose of JANGO the police dog

An Edmonton man who allegedly broke into a storage container on Luckakuck Way was arrested

Chilliwack RCMP nab two alleged thieves targeting bait vehicle

A man from Port Coquitlam and a woman from Delta were stopped and arrested at Eagle Landing Parkway

The AHL Board of Governors has approved the Vancouver Canucks decision to move their franchise to Abbotsford. (File photo)
AHL approves Canucks’ franchise relocation to Abbotsford

Board of Governors approves move, season set to start on Oct. 15

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O’Connell photo)
VIDEO: Workers, activists clash at site of Vancouver Island logging operation

Forest license holders asking for independent investigation into incident

Surrey RCMP is investigating after a serious three-vehicle crash at the intersection of King George Boulevard and 128th Street Thursday afternoon (May 6, 2021). (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
VIDEO: Serious crash in Surrey sends 1 to hospital

Surrey RCMP say one of the drivers fled on foot, but was later found at an area hospital

Starting Tuesday, May 11, B.C. adults born in 1981 and earlier will be able to register for a vaccine dose. (Haley Ritchie/Black Press Media)
BC adults 40+ eligible to book COVID-19 vaccinations next week

Starting Tuesday, people born in 1981 and earlier will be able to schedule their inoculation against the virus

John Paul Fraser, executive director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association. (Screen shot)
Salmon farmers warn Surrey jobs on line as feds end Discovery Islands operations

344 full-time jobs at risk in Surrey and 1,189 B.C.-wide

Parks Canada and Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks dig the washed up Princess M out from sand along the south shore of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Rescue attempt costs man his boat off Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Coast Guard response questioned after volunteer responder’s speedboat capsizes in heavy swells

Al Kowalko shows off the province’s first electric school bus, running kids to three elementary and two secondary schools on the West Shore. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
B.C.’s first electric school bus making the rounds in Victoria suburbs

No emissions, no fuel costs and less maintenance will offset the $750K upfront expense

Road sign on Highway 1 west of Hope warns drivers of COVID-19 essential travel road checks on the highways into the B.C. Interior. (Jessica Peters/Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. residents want travel checks at Alberta border, MLA says

Police road checks in place at highways out of Vancouver area

Victoria police say the photo they circulated of an alleged cat thief was actually a woman taking her own cat to the vet. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Photo of suspected cat thief released by Victoria police actually just woman with her pet

Police learned the she didn’t steal Penelope the cat, and was actually taking her cat to the vet

Most Read