Sunday’s Terry Fox Run Could Crack $600K

A photo of Canadian icon Terry Fox courtesy

There are Terry Fox Runs across the country, but the big one in Windsor-Essex is in Tecumseh.

Organizer Jan Wright says 1,500 people took part last year, and she hopes to match that level of participation again this year.

“$85,000 was raised last year,” says Wright. “If we do around $75,000 this year, we’ll go over the $600,000 mark for the Tecumseh run.”

The run in Tecumseh was resurrected 12 years ago after a hiatus. It is the only run in Windsor-Essex.

Courtesy of the Town of Tecumseh.

Courtesy of the Town of Tecumseh.

This is the 36th annual Terry Fox Run Canada-wide, and Wright says the message resonates with people around the world.

“There’s over 50 countries around the world that do Terry Fox Runs,” she says. “I think Terry that stands for courage and determination and never giving up.”

Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope in 1980 after losing his leg to osteosarcoma in 1977. He was forced to abandon his cross-Canada tour after 143 days and 5,373 km outside of Thunder Bay when cancer spread to his lungs.

She says $0.84 of every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research.

Registration for Sunday’s run starts at 8am at Green Acres Optimist Park. The run gets underway at 9am.