Terry Fox run in desperate need

By Geoff Lee

July 7, 2016 12:00 AM

Organizer vital for continuation of Lloyd run

The Saskatchewan Terry Fox Foundation is looking for a volunteer race director in Lloydminster with national community runs taking place on Sept. 18.
Last year, between 50 to 75 people in Lloydminster took part in the Terry Fox Run at Bud Miller All Seasons Park to raise funds for cancer research.
Without a race director, the local edition of the 36th annual event may not go ahead.
“We are requesting support from Lloydminster Source to help promote the need for a run organizer for the 2016 Terry Fox Run,” said Nicole Broom, foundation spokesperson, from her Regina office.
Broom said a race director provides the route for the run; they promote the run; they oversee the event on the run day and they recruit and coordinate volunteers and the committee.
The director also collects and submits pledge sheets and donations.
“We will send posters and pledge sheets that they need to promote the run,” said Broom,  when a director in Lloydminster steps forward.
Broom said volunteers are essential to help organize and coordinate community events and allow the foundation to put $.84 of every dollar raised directly to cancer research. 
“The goal this year is to have every community in Saskatchewan participate,” she said.
A potential race director can contact Heather MacKenzie, provincial director at heather.mackenzie@terryfoxrun.org.
The national school day run is scheduled for Sept. 29 with some Lloydminster schools already registered with the foundation.
Students learn that Fox was just 18 when he was diagnosed with cancer in 1977 and had his right leg amputated above the knee.
In 1980, the one legged runner embarked on his cross country Marathon of Hope to fund a cure for cancer.
He was forced to stop his run outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because cancer had appeared in his lungs.
He died on June 1981 at the age of 22.
To date, more than $650 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Fox’s name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.
Terry Fox Runs take place in more than 9,000 communities across Canada every year and are accessible to anyone with no entry fee, no minimum pledge and a non-competitive atmosphere.
Participants can run, walk, blade or bike and most of all have fun while raising funds for cancer research.

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