Six-year-old Sean Robinson shares a laugh with his family as he rides from the starting line of the 33rd annual Terry Fox Run Sunday at Coldstream Elementary

Six-year-old Sean Robinson shares a laugh with his family as he rides from the starting line of the 33rd annual Terry Fox Run Sunday at Coldstream Elementary

Greater Vernon continues Terry’s legacy

33rd annual Terry Fox Run attracts 344 participants, raising more than $7,000

Greater Vernon is keeping Terry’s legacy alive.

Approximately 344 people came out Sunday to run, walk, ride and stroll – continuing Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope.

Thanks to the community’s support, the 33rd annual event at Coldstream Elementary raised $7,006.

It’s a cause 10-year-old Taya Gordon and her family have been taking part in for the last four years – since her mom was first diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma.

“She got cancer four years ago and has been fighting it,” said Gordon, after singing the national anthem with Paul Moore while her mom proudly watched.

Gordon believes it is important to support events like the Terry Fox Run in order to raise money to find a cure.

And no one magical cure for cancer has been found so far, there have been significant advancements made over the years.

“If Terry was diagnosed with that very same cancer today they would not have to amputate his leg,” said Verena Von Breman, one of the many volunteers at Sunday’s event.

The message of hope was echoed by Coldstream Coun. Maria Besso at the event.

“The legacy that Terry Fox has left us is a very incredible one. He didn’t give up.

“It is an example of what people can do if they’re determined.”

To mark the 33rd annual event Sunday, participants took to the starting line just as 33 doves were released over them.