Underneath a canopy of beautiful blue sky across the Okanagan, 1,400 participants and 125 volunteers joined together for the Terry Fox Run to show their support for the power of cancer research held on Sept. 14.
More than 30 Terry’s Team Members (cancer survivors) came to say thanks and show that research can work, while there’s just so much more to learn.
Participants ranged in age from two months to 101.
Some came for their very first Terry Fox Run experience and others came for their 34th, never having missed the event since its inception.
Participants ran, rode their bikes, walked, rode unicycles or rode in style in their strollers.
Organizers said it was impressive to see the local community join together for such an important cause.
The Terry Fox Run is completely volunteer driven and put on with a zero budget. The end result of that volunteer effort this year was raising a record breaking $103,600.
Lisa Worman, the Terry Fox Run Kelowna volunteer co-chair, was absolutely thrilled with the success of this year’s event.
“To look around the Mission Sportsfields and know that everyone there believes in cancer research is powerful,” said Worman.
“As a cancer survivor myself, I say thank you to everyone who came out. Terry started something that is bigger than any one of us and we are so proud to be continuing to work towards his dream of a world without cancer.”
As one of the most fiscally responsible charities in Canada, the Terry Fox Foundation ensures that 84 cents of every dollar raised will go towards cancer research.
This money continues to fund leading edge research projects for various types of cancer.
For more information on the Terry Fox Foundation or to make a donation, please go to www.terryfox.org or call 1-888-836-9786.