It’s September and it’s time for the annual Terry Fox Run coming up on Sunday, September 18 from 8 a.m. until noon.
The Morrisburg Legion, has supported the run for a number of years, and is once again gearing up for the fundraising challenge.
Registration will take place in the Legion, which is wheelchair accessible, and participants will start from the Legion parking lot.
In addition to running, the Terry Fox Runs allows participants to walk, bike and even rollerblade at a distance they are most comfortable with.
To date, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised over $550 million for cancer research worldwide (based on most recent three-year average). The Foundation is one of the largest non-governmental funders of cancer research in Canada.
In 2010 the South Dundas community raised $6,065 with $234 of that coming from local school events.
There is no entry fee, no minimum pledge, no sponsorship and no competition. Participants can pick up pledge sheets available at the Legion to gather donations.
Money raised by the Terry Fox Run is used to fund research for many different types of cancer and for every $1 donated, 85 cents is used for cancer research.
Participants will begin their run (or walk) in the Morrisburg Legion parking lot and head west via Lakeshore Drive to Loyalist Park, in Mariatown.
Once there the participants will turn and retrace their steps back to the Legion. Those wishing a shorter trek are invited to turn around at will.
Check points and volunteers will be located along the route. In addition, safety precautions for participants will be in place.
Scott Robinson, a member of the Run’s organizing committee, pointed out that every year Verla Perrin of Morrisbug, makes an honour memory board.
He and the other members of the Terry Fox Run volunteers encourage the community to come out, participate in the Run and to sign the memory board on September 18th.
The 2011 Terry Fox Run honors Terry’s mother, the late Betty Fox who passed away June 17, 2011.