If you live in Canada, and have no plans for Sunday morning, I highly recommend you lace up your sneakers and participate in your local Terry Fox Run.
Taken from the Terry Fox Foundation’s Site:
For millions of people worldwide Terry Fox is the face of cancer research. His Marathon of Hope inspired a country and The Terry Fox Run, now in its fourth decade, continues to motivate people here in Canada and around the world. To date, over $600 million has been raised in support of Terry’s cause.
Terry’s vision and courage have helped to change and reshape Canada in many ways. Importantly, it transformed cancer research here – establishing a new attitude and threshold regarding what kind of investment was necessary to support cancer research. The Terry Fox Foundation (“TFF”) continues to be a leading national investor in cancer research.
TFF remains true to Terry’s wishes today by directing all funds raised in his name to cancer research. For more than 31 years, funds have been provided to support cure-oriented, biomedical cancer research around the globe. In 2007, the Foundation created The Terry Fox Research Institute (“TFRI”), with a mandate to conduct translational research to significantly improve outcomes for patients.
In the previous fiscal year (ending March 31, 2012), TFF directed $27.5 million to its cancer research programs.
The runs are organized 100% by volunteers and there is no entry fee and/or no minimum donation required to participate. The full course is 10km long but you also have the option to do 5K or even 1K (our family sticks to the 5K). You also have the option to walk, run, bike or even Rollerblade your way through the course. It’s simply the fact that you got up and got out there that satisfies the purpose of the Terry Fox Run.
Even though it’s been going on for years, I never really paid attention to the Terry Fox Run before I actually started running back in 2010. When fall came around that year, I rounded up the troops – ie. Chris, my parents and their dog Charlie – and we participated for our first time ever dubbing ourselves Team 1UP! My mom’s brother died of cancer, so we did our run with him in mind and vowed to make it a new family tradition.
Despite being sick myself last year, I didn’t want to break tradition, so my mom and I joined forces and Team 1UP! made its second appearance with an even larger team!
Last year’s additions included my Grandmother, aunt, uncle, cousin and Chris’ dad! We had a great group and everyone had a blast. A few of us ran, while other’s walked and we all finished with smiles on our faces!
This year’s Terry Fox Run takes place this coming Sunday, September 16 and it will be the 3rd annual run for our family team 1UP! I’m still not sure as to how big or small our team will be this year, but regardless, I look forward to lacing up my sneakers and hitting that pavement in memory of 2 great men – Terry Fox, and my uncle Byron.
So, I ask again… What are you doing this Sunday? 😉