Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Virtual Terry Fox Runs taking place across C-K

Participants from across Chatham-Kent and Canada will be taking part in a virtual event to mark the 40th annual Terry Fox Run this Sunday.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic will change the manner in which the event takes place, the cause of raising funds for cancer research continues, Municipal officials said in a press release.

With no physical sign-in, people are encouraged to participate at the location of their choice.

Having lost one leg to cancer, Terry made the decision in 1980 to run across Canada to raise funds and awareness.

He dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean in St John’s, Newfoundland April 12 of that year.

Averaging 42 kilometres a day through six provinces, Terry was forced to abandon the run on September 1 when, after 5,373 kilometres, his cancer returned. He died 10 months later at age 22.

A flag was raised outside the Civic Centre Monday to mark the anniversary and celebrate the more than $800 million raised during the past 40 years.

For more information about the event visit: https://terryfox.org/

Watch for more details about the local events as well.

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