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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Terry Fox Runs

Regional | by Bayshore News Staff  

Thousands of people will take part in Terry Fox Runs across the region.

Thousands of people in our region will be walking and running on Sunday in Terry Fox runs in over a dozen communities.

The 31st annual Terry Fox Run is being held in over 800 communities across Canada.

There is a run from 9 AM at Harrison Park in Owen Sound, at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine and at Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton.

There are also afternoon runs at 1 PM at Northshore Park in Port Elgin and at Hanover Park.

There are also runs at 2 PM at the Durham Conservation Area and at Bluewater Park in Wiarton.

Meaford, Tobermory, Lion's Head, Feversham, Badjeros, Collingwood and Wasaga Beach are also hosting Terry Fox Runs on Sunday.

Organizers of the Wasaga Beach Terry Fox Run are hoping atleast 250 people come out to raise money for cancer research.

Wasaga Beach Deputy Mayor David Foster is the run organizer.

He notes about 215 people took part last year -- raising just over 9 thousand dollars which was the second highest total since the Wasaga run started 29 years ago.

This year, Foster is hoping 15 thousand dollars is raised.

You can register at the Playland parking lot at Beach One at 8:30 AM on Sunday with the 1 or 5 k runs starting at 9 AM.

In Collingwood, registration starts at Harbourview Park, behind McDonald's, at Noon with the run starting at 1 PM.

Fred Fox -- Terry's older brother -- tells Bayshore Broadcasting News this is the biggest day of the year for the Terry Fox Foundation.

He says this particular run will be emotional because it will be their first event without their mother, Betty Fox, who died in June.

Fred Fox says the Foundation would not exist without their mother.

Terry Fox Runs have raised 550 million dollars for cancer research since 1980.

Fred Fox -- one of the National members of the Foundation -- says their family never thought this event would grow to what it is today.

Fred Fox says his brother Terry's legacy is the people who have survived cancer and the amount of money raised for cancer research.

Fox adds they are also proud of the fact that 85 cents of every dollar raised goes to cancer research.

For more information on the Terry Fox Foundation -- you can go to the website


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