SARAH FERGUSON Staff Photo Port Colborne Mayor Vance Badawey, with Chasity Ortiz, 13, Autumn Cheviette, 12, and event organizer Nancy Salvage raise a flag in front of city hall in honour of the Terry Fox Run that will take place Sept. 16 at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park.
PORT COLBORNE - When participants walk, run or ride in the annual Terry Fox Run at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park on Sept. 16, they will carry on an important legacy.
In 1977, Terry Fox was 18 when he was diagnosed with bone cancer, known as osteogenic sarcoma, and forced to have his right leg amputated six inches above his knee.
Overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients — many of them young children — Fox decided to run across Canada, raising awareness for cancer research.
He called his journey the Marathon of Hope.
When Fox was diagnosed, about 80% of people with his form of cancer didn’t survive. Today, that number has decreased to 15% thanks to research, says Nancy Salvage, organizer of Port Colborne’s annual Fox run.
Salvage, who has been organizing the event for nine years, says the cause and the legacy Fox left behind is close to her heart.
“I don’t know if there is a family that hasn’t been (touched by cancer).”
Last year, the event saw about 200 people participate, raising $8,500 from the run and an additional $4,000 from individuals who shaved their heads during the event.
There is no registration fee, or minimum donation required to participate. The run is “all about participation and doing what you can,” says Salvage.
The organizer says she is in the process of setting up a downtown storefront as a headquarters to keep the run on people’s minds and as a place for people to pick up pledge sheets or find out more information.
Pledge forms can be obtained at Port Colborne’s city hall, Port Colborne Public Library or at www.terryfox.org.
For more information, contact Nancy Salvage at 905-835-0442.
The Terry Fox Run will be held Sept. 16 at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park.
There is no minimum donation required.
Participants can have their heads shaved for cancer at 1:30 p.m. and the run begins at 2 p.m.