Run keeps Terry Fox’s dream alive

Terry Fox Run gets underway at Kalamalka Secondary Sept. 18

  • Sep. 9, 2011 2:00 p.m.

Vernon is gearing up for what could be its last Terry Fox run.

Current organizer, Tania Mund, is passing the torch after this year’s event on Sept. 18, therefore a new run organizer is needed to keep the tradition going.

The run, which gets underway at 9 a.m. at Kalamalka Secondary, will see supporters walk, run, wheel, ride, walk the dog, or push their baby strollers to outrun cancer.

“Today cancer is so prevalent among us that the degree of separation is now only one to two degrees and in order to fight for our loved ones and widen that gap so that it is eradicated forever we have to find a cure for this destructive disease,” said Mund.

“If you think what each of us can achieve with the same kind of determination and tenacity that Terry possessed the results would be mindblowing.”

Although the future of the Terry Fox Run in Vernon could be in jeopardy, provincial organizers are pleased with how the event is shaping this year, thanks to Mund.

“We are so pleased and feel so fortunate to have such a positive and enthusiastic run organizer take on this challenge,” said Donna White, provincial director of the B.C. division of the Terry Fox Foundation.

“Vernon will be able to take part in what has become a Canadian fall tradition.”

Mund is hoping to pass the torch for 2012 after four years at the helm of the Vernon run, due to the many responsibilities of being a young parent with entrepreneurial spirit.

The Terry Fox Foundation is looking for a new volunteer run organizer to come out and get a taste for the excitement of this year’s run before taking it on for 2012.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Terry Fox Run in Vernon, learn how to take it on for 2012 or with any other foundation initiative, it is not too late.

Those interested can contact Mund at 250-308-2188 or terryfoxrunvernon@gmail.com or Donna White at bcyukon@terryfoxrun.org or 1-888-836-9786.

For information about The Terry Fox Foundation, visit www.terryfox.org or call 1-888-836-9786.