Little Current Terry Fox Run raises just shy of $3,000

Participants of the Little Current Terry Fox Run take a group photo at the starting line at Low Island Park prior to the race beginning. photos by Robin Burridge

LITTLE CURRENT—Over 60 individuals came out for the annual Little Current Terry Fox Run recently, which raised just under $3,000 for cancer research.

“It was a sweaty run,” joked organizer Joanna Rosenbaum, noting the unseasonably warm weather. “We raised $2,900, which contributed to the over $10 million that Ontario has raised this year for the Terry Fox Foundation. We were happy to see more new people join this year as well.”

To date, since 1981, the Little Current Terry Fox Run has raised $85,277.

Prior to this year’s run, Ms. Rosenbaum thanked the many volunteers this year including the Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club.

There was a second Terry Fox Run held on Manitoulin in Silver Water recently. To date the run has raised $40,000. The West End run also had a great turnout this year.

Runners register for the annual event.

“Terry’s Marathon of Hope took place in 1980 with the simple objective of informing Canadians of the importance of finding a cure for cancer,” stated a press release from the Terry Fox Foundation. “With fierce determination, he ran an average of 42 kilometres (26 miles) every day for 143 days. Terry was forced to end his run on September 1, 1980 when the cancer spread to his lungs. By February 1, 1981, Terry’s dream of raising $1 for every Canadian was realized – the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope fund totaled $24.17 million. Terry died in June 1981. In 1980, his Marathon of Hope inspired a country and launched the annual The Terry Fox Run in his honour. Now in its fourth decade, these events continue to motivate people here in Canada and around the world, raising much needed funds for cancer research.”