Community members in Nanaimo tried to make a difference running and walking for the same cause that motivated Terry Fox.
The Terry Fox Run was held Sunday morning at Beban Park in rainy conditions, but as Mayor Leonard Krog said, “Terry ran in conditions that were far worse.”
Krog said people still remember watching Terry Fox on TV during his Marathon of Hope, remember choking up when he announced he wouldn’t be able to continue running, and remember crying when he died.
“His authenticity, his commitment to the cause, his passion should inspire all of us,” the mayor said.
Sheila Malcolmson, Nanaimo MLA, said she’ll never forget paying attention to Fox’s marathon when she was a teenager, and said it was hard as a young person to think someone so strong could be harmed by cancer and be unable to finish his run because of it.
“And I know that this is the experience with so many of us in our families who have faced cancer. It’s unimaginable that the strongest, the beloved ones could be hit,” Malcolmson said.
She said organizers, sponsors, donors and runners are making a huge difference in carrying on Fox’s legacy.
“Running in the rain, raising funds for cancer, in so many ways, that is what is going to beat the disease. That’s what is going to give those who are suffering and their families, give them the hope to be able to fight and beat the disease,” she said.
The Terry Fox Run raises money for the Terry Fox Foundation, which directs funds raised to cancer research. For more information, visit http://terryfox.org.