‘Team up for Terry’ to make a difference

  • Jul. 18, 2012 3:56 p.m.

The Terry Fox Foundation is once again asking for the participation of as many people as are willing to ‘Team Up For Terry’.

“The Terry Fox Run is an annual event help in support of cancer research in communities all across Canada and 25 countries around the world,” said Laura Jonson, team and event development coordinator for the Terry Fox Foundation (TFF) for Alberta, Nunavut and Northwest Territories.

The Terry Fox Run became an annual event after a young man diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma had his leg amputated and decided to run across Canada to raise funds for cancer research. “Unfortunately Terry Fox passed away before he could finish his journey. His journey truly united Canadians coast to coast and is something that will never be forgotten,” said Jonson.

Every dollar raised, said Jonson, is taking people one step closer to Terry’s dream of a world free of cancer.

The Terry Fox Run will take place on Sept. 16 and is a non-competitive event requiring no minimum donation.

“We welcome everyone to take part and have a great time while feeling good about making a difference in their community,” said Jonson.

Jonson said it is important for people to get involved because most people have had cancer affect their lives in one way or another. “So why not make a positive, supportive event out of such a destructive disease?”

This will be the 32nd year for the Terry Fox Run.

Team captains will receive a complimentary t-shirt along with a run kit containing all the necessary materials to raise funds for cancer research.

To date, Fox’s legacy has raised over $600 million. As a community, Red Deer has participated in the run for the last 27 years.

“In 2011 there were 140 teams registered in our area; we want to double that.”

Jonson said it is important for people to start thinking about the Terry Fox Run now and to get registered early so they can start fundraising.

“A team can consist of two or more people from all different areas including colleagues, friends, family or those honouring or remembering loved ones who have been affected by cancer.”

Registration is quick and easy and can be done online. The system allows participants to set up a personal fundraising page that can be shared with friends and family.

Organizers also point out that 84 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to cancer research.

People are welcome also to find out what projects are being funded by the Terry Fox Foundation by visiting the Terry Fox research institute’s web site at www.tfri.ca.

For more information or to get registered, visit www.terryfox.org or call toll-free to the provincial office at 1-888-836-9786.

kpalardy@reddeerexpress.com

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