There are a lot of reasons for people to sign up for the Terry Fox Run — a parent, a spouse, a child, a co-worker, even the person next door.
“Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way,” said Diana Williamson, who is chairing the organizing committee for the 33rd annual local event Sept. 15.
And because of the far-reaching impact of cancer, hundreds of people are expected to turn out this year.
“We’re really looking for the community to participate,” said Williamson, adding that all forms of mobility are welcome.
“It’s a run, a walk, it’s for bicycles or pushing the stroller. Dogs are welcome.”
And while cancer is an extremely serious subject, the Terry Fox Run is all about having fun and community spirit.
That’s why a new component has been added this year — Team Up for Terry.
“The team can be your bowling club, family or friends,” said Williamson of trying to bring people together.
“Once you have a team, you can get some friendly challenges going.”
Many of the people who annually sign up remember Fox and his attempt to run across Canada in the 1980s.
But increasingly, many of the participants were born long after the national icon died.
“His name will always live on,” said Williamson.
The 300 participants in 2012 raised $9,000 for cancer research and care and the goal this year is to surpass that figure.
Coldstream Elementary School is once again the location, with registration at 8 a.m. and the run at 9 a.m.
You can register, donate or download pledge sheets at www.terryfox.org.
“We have a great committee and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Williamson, adding, though, that volunteers are still needed.
Anyone wanting to volunteer can call Williamson at 250-938-0441.