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Terry Fox Run

Sunday, Sep 16, 2018 at 9:30 AM

Muskoseepi Park, 10326 102 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB

After Terry Fox lost his leg to cancer, he discovered that funding for cancer research in Canada was minimal. This motivated him to run his Marathon of Hope to raise funds to help find a cure for cancer. His dream was to raise $1 for every Canadian. In 1980, the population in Canada was approximately 24 million. He started April 12, 1980, and ran an average of 42km a day through six provinces. After 143 days and 5,373 km, he had to stop running just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The cancer that had taken his leg had now spread to his lungs. On February 1, 1981, Terry’s dream was achieved. The national population reached 24.1 million and the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope funds reached $24.17 million. Terry died June 28, 1981 (one month short of his 23rd birthday). He was able to see his dream realized before his death.

Since 1980 the Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $750 million for cancer research. In 2017, the Foundation was able to direct $21.8 million to cancer research programs. The 5 year Survival rate for childhood cancer is currently 83% - up 20% since Terry Fox began the Marathon of Hope.

$0.84 of every dollar raised through the Foundation goes towards cancer research (three year average). The Terry Fox Foundation boasts one of the lowest administration costs of any charity in Canada.

The Terry Fox Run is the signature event of the Foundation. In 2017 there were 10,078 Events in communities across Canada. Swan City Rotary Club has hosted the annual even in Grande Prairie since 1984.

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Muskoseepi Park, 10326 102 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB

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