Keeping his spirit alive

By Geoff Lee

August 16, 2017 3:20 PM

About 70 people took part in the 36th Annual Terry Fox 5K run/walk Sunday at Bud Miller All Seasons Park in 2016. More than $4,000 was raised at the start of the event. The 37th annual run will take place on Sept. 17 with Heather Klages back as the race director. FILE PHOTO

Unlike last year, the Saskatchewan Terry Fox Foundation is not putting out an early call for someone to step forward as a race director of the Lloydminster Terry Fox Run.
Heather Klages, the morning host and music director at Real Country 95.9 FM, who stepped up to the volunteer director’s role a year ago, is leading the charge again.
The 37th Annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research takes place on Sept. 17 in more than 60 communities throughout Saskatchewan, and at Bud Miller All Seasons Park in Lloydminster.
Once again, this will be a 5 kilometre run with registration starting at 9 a.m. and the run getting under way at 10 a.m.
Register and start collecting pledges by going online at www.terryfox.org/ or picking up pledge sheets from the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation office.
Last year, about 70 people took part in the local run raising more than $4,000 for cancer research.
People who participate in a Terry Fox Run as a cancer survivor or are undergoing treatment, can register online as a member of the red-shirted brigade known as Terry’s Team to receive a free red shirt.
“We are touched by the overwhelming number of people who have experienced cancer who are willing and eager to wear our special red shirt,” said Heather, Mackenzie, Terry Fox Foundation provincial director in Regina.
The national school day run is scheduled for Sept. 28 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. 
Fox 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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