Volunteer Eileen Shepherd

Terry Fox Run returns this weekend

The five-kilometre walk/run from the recreation centre kicks off at 9 a.m., with registration at 8:30.

Organizers are busy gearing up for the annual Terry Fox in Hope on Sunday.

The five-kilometre walk/run from the recreation centre kicks off at 9 a.m., with registration at 8:30. Participants will head down Kawkawa Lake Rd. towards Kettle Valley Road and the Kawkawa Lake area, before looping back to the recreation centre.

“We all have been touched by cancer in one way or another,” said long-time volunteer Eileen Shepherd. “Let’s not forget those that have passed on or are battling with cancer right now. (The goal of this event) is to show that Hope citizens care about cancer and want to do their part.”

Thirty-one years ago Terry Fox embarked on his Marathon of Hope, dipping his prosthetic leg into the Atlantic Ocean in St. John’s, N.L. After running 42 kilometres a day for 143 days, he was forced to stop when cancer recurred in his lungs. Since then, thousands of supporters have kept his dream alive every year.

In 2010, $2.6 million was donated to cancer research through fundraising events in B.C. and Yukon. More than $550 million has been raised to date worldwide by the Terry Fox Foundation.

Participants can bring donations or pledges to the local walk/run on Sunday, or drop them off at the recreation centre until Sept. 23.

For more information on the event, contact Charlotte Rawlinson at 604-869-2304.