The Lethbridge Terry Fox Run is now just days away and participants are ready to put on their best running shoes for a good cause. A total of 125-175 runners are expected to show up to the run which will take place at the Legacy Park Picnic Shelter on September 18th. In 1981, Terry Fox embarked on a cross-country trek through Canada to raise awareness and funding for cancer research after he had to have his own leg amputated due to the disease. Lorien Johansen, the Co-Chair of the Run Organizing Committee for the Lethbridge Terry Fox Run says the goal this year for funds raised is $4,000.
“A lot of the cash donations and the money that is donated to us as the Lethbridge Terry Fox Foundation goes to that research goal. Then some of it is also used to support the run itself. The Terry Fox Run runs nationwide and internationally, and are a zero budget event. Everything that we do is by donation, sponsorship, cash donation, or out of the run organizers pockets. Which has happened on more than one occasion.”
Around 85 cents of every dollar is given to the Terry Fox Foundation which goes directly into cancer research. The foundation has raised more than $850 million and funded 1,300 innovative cancer research projects.