During these uncertain times, helping out and coming together as a community has never been more important. In an effort to keep some semblance of normalcy and continue the tradition that Terry Fox had started, the Terry Fox foundation is holding their first virtual run across Canada on September 20th 2020.

Details of the Run

As the goal of the run each year is to raise money for cancer research, it is important to either register donors who can pledge based on the distance you’ve run or simply register to donate. 

Next as this year is going to be a virtual Terry Fox run, on September 20th you can participate in the run from anywhere! Whether that is around your neighbourhood, backyard, down the street, or around the block, in your basement, wherever you are. It’s as simple as that.

History of the Terry Fox Run

To those who may not be aware of the Terry Fox run, the story begins in 1977 where Terry Fox was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) in his right leg and had his leg amputated 15 cm (six inches) above the knee. While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called his journey the Marathon of Hope.

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. 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. Terry’s dream of raising awareness and finding a cure continues to this day.