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Sparwood seeking Terry Fox run organizer


“I’m not a dreamer, and I’m not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to,” the words spoken by a true Canadian hero. Terry Fox had a single dream: a world without cancer. He sought to reach out to every corner of Canada, and beyond, when he embarked on his Marathon of Hope. Terry Fox ran the equivalent of a marathon a day for 143 days straight on one leg. He did this to raise awareness for the need for cancer research funding. When his own cancer spread, Terry was forced to stop running but his journey and his dream to find a cure for cancer lives on. This year marks the 34th annual Terry Fox Run and Sparwood is seeking a motivated, compassionate volunteer Run Organizer to bring Terry’s legacy to the community.

The Terry Fox Run has taken place in Sparwood since 1985 and has a long standing tradition in the community. The Run is an opportunity for people of a variety of backgrounds and ages to come together and contribute to the $650 million already raised for cancer research worldwide, in Terry’s name. Participants have the option to be recognized as a corporate team, individual participants, or even as a part of “Terry’s Team” of cancer survivors. Every participant is a special part of the cause, as living proof that cancer research saves lives.

“It would be such a shame for the people of Sparwood to miss out on an opportunity to keep Terry’s legacy alive as every community no matter how big or small can make a huge impact, just as Terry learned when a small town of 10,000 people raised over $10,000”, says Donna White, Provincial Director for the Terry Fox Foundation British Columbia and Yukon. By becoming a volunteer Run Organizer, you will be an integral part of carrying Terry’s torch and helping your community contribute to the $650 million already raised for cancer research worldwide, in Terry’s name.

The Runs are a non-competitive, all-inclusive, family oriented activity where participants can run, walk, blade or bike. The registration fee is by donation and there is no minimum pledge amount. Whether as a couple or individual, the Run Organizer will be assisted by the Terry Fox Foundation in the planning process, and given the resources to make it a success. The volunteer Run Organizer will recruit committee members, confirm the route, promote the run and oversee run day activities. The time commitment ranges from two to four hours weekly during the months leading up to the National Run Day on Sunday, September 14th.

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