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Pies for Terry Fox at Chilliwack Airport
The Airport Coffee Shop was bustling with more pie-lovers than usual Tuesday, as the fourth annual Terry Fox Pie Day approached its hectic lunch hour.
As the restaurant filled nearly to capacity, customers bought slices or whole pies knowing 100 per cent of all earnings from their pastries would be going to the Terry Fox Foundation.
“The community that we operate in is fantastic,” said Tracey Good, co-owner of the cafe. “As soon as they hear about it, they’re in here.”
One of those community members on hand was Rolly Fox, Terry’s father.
“I’m very pleased with what they do to raise money for cancer research,” he said.
The coffee shop’s donations will add to the $650 million raised by the Foundation to date, which Fox said has greatly advanced the treatment of some cancers since his son was diagnosed in 1977.
Airport Coffee Shop owners Jacqueline, Judi and Tracey Good are no strangers to the disease themselves, having lost both of their grandmothers to cancer.
They have been friends with Terry’s parents Rolly and Betty since the couple moved to Chilliwack in 2003.
When Betty passed away in June 2011, the Good sisters decided to dedicate one day every year to raising funds for the Terry Fox Foundation in her honour.
“If the Fox family didn’t talk about and continue to promote Terry, we wouldn’t be talking about it today,” said Tracey. “They continued on his journey when he couldn’t, and so we continue on Betty’s journey.”
In the past three years the charity event was held, over 1,000 slices of pie and almost 400 whole pies had been sold raising $12,452.
“It’s a nice surprise that it continues to get bigger every year,” Tracey said.
Another surprise for the cafe: strawberry-rhubarb dethroned apple as the most popular pie flavour.
But the biggest surprise according to Good after the all of the pie she’s seen: “We still eat pie.”