With the arrival of September thoughts turn to summer’s last hurrahs and the arrival of a new school year. Yet many will also think of the annual Terry Fox runs that keep Terry’s ‘Marathon of Hope’ alive all across Canada and, indeed, all around the globe.
On Sunday, September 16th, Collingwood will once again be doing its part to raise money, awareness and hope with the 27th annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research taking place in Harbourview Park. Participants of all ages are welcome to run, walk, bike and blade their way around the great trails of Collingwood’s waterfront park. The 2.5 km loop using the trail system as well as the other paved surfaces in the park allows everyone to pick the distance of their choice. Registration begins at 12 noon with the official run start occurring at 1pm.
All those wishing to be a part of the event to help carry on Terry’s legacy may pick up pledge forms at local Collingwood businesses or by visiting the official run website at www.terryfoxrun.org. The site will provide addition information as well as pledge forms and the option to collect pledges on-line. As always, the goal is to raise all we can in support of cancer research so getting a form early to gather pledges and donations is a great idea. There is no pre-registration required. Simply bring the pledge form as well as collected pledges and donations to the run site in Harbourview Park between 12 noon and 1pm on Sunday, September 16th. Participants can also take their money to any Canadian bank for one month following the run.
Terry Fox and the annual runs that pay tribute to his incredible efforts have become institutions in many communities. This fact speaks volumes about the incredible capacity that we all have to become involved in this cause and to contribute our time and money to battling a disease that has sadly touched the lives of most of us. Each year more than two million people participate in Terry Fox Runs or special events which now take place in 55 countries. Originally Terry had wanted to raise a dollar for every Canadian to go toward cancer research. The incredible efforts of run participants and community volunteers have meant that Terry’s goals have been exceeded by far - to date $400 million have been raised in his name. Locally, the Collingwood run has raised over $112,000 since 1982 and over $82,000 in the last decade. Hopefully this year’s event can add a record total to this great sum.
Also, over the last decade here in Collingwood, a key volunteer community run organizer has been Bill Horner. In 1998, when there appeared to be no one to organize the local run, Bill made a commitment to continue the event and now is helping to organize his tenth straight Terry Fox Run. Of note is the fact that Bill was only 14 when he stepped forward to organize that first community run and is now the youngest race organizer to have produced ten Terry Fox fundraising runs.
Bill initially got involved with the Terry Fox organization pledging his efforts to fight cancer as it was a disease that his Grandmother, Betty Koshilka, had battled for many years. With her passing came a new determination to raise all he could through the Collingwood Terry Fox Run and he made a personal ten year commitment to the Collingwood run. This year Bill will be returning from western Canada to see the 2007 event through to what we all hope will be the biggest total yet raised for cancer research. Hopefully a Collingwood run site total of pledges and donations can pass the $18,000 mark to reach the milestone of $100,000 over the past ten years.
Given that this will be Bill’s final Terry Fox Run organized in Collingwood, he will run the 2.5km course four times. Anyone wishing to pledge Bill can do so on-line by going to www.terryfoxrun.org and follow the links: Online Pledging – Donate to a Participant – then type ‘William Horner’ to make the pledge.
In all it promises to be a fun-filled event for the whole family. Hopefully the entire community can come together to once again honour the memory of Terry Fox, one of our greatest Canadians, and to raise money for one of the most worthy of causes. Get your pledge form today, get your pledges, bring a friend or you whole family – see you on September 16th in Harbourview Park!
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