UCC community keeps Terry Fox’s dream alive
It was a successful and well-attended Terry Fox Community Run on Sunday, Sept. 14. Several hundred young and older runners, cyclists and walkers gathered under the Rogers Clock Tower at UCC for the start of the 5 km or 10 km route that takes participants along the Beltline Trail, through Cedervale Park, and winds through Forest Hill before a return to campus. It was a beautiful Sunday morning to gather and contribute to a very worthy cause; many cancer survivors and families of people that had succumbed to the disease were amongst the crowd that gathered on the Prep fields following the event to chat, enjoy picnic lunches and listen to live music that played well past noon.
It was great to see so many UCC student volunteers assisting with the operation of the Terry Fox Run. Many students volunteered to be leaders at the pre-run warm-up. They worked at water stations along the route, ran post-run games, did face painting for the youngest participants and assisted with the tent and stage set-up the day before the event.
None of today’s student volunteers were alive when Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope run across Canada in 1980. Terry Fox started his journey in Newfoundland and ran for more than 140 days, covering over 5,000 km before the cancer that had taken his right leg spread to his lungs. It was Terry’s dream to raise one dollar from each one of Canada’s 24 million citizens. No one could ever have predicted that the Marathon of Hope would raise over $600 million. Today the annual Terry Fox Run is staged in countries all around the world. The message is clear that everyone needs to do their bit for cancer research. It was inspiring to see so many UCC boarders playing their part to assist in 2014.