This year the 33rd Annual Terry Fox Run takes place on Sept. 15. Community members who wish to participate will gather at the Barriere Bandshell at 10:30 a.m. to register and turn in any pledges they’ve collected. Then the run will start at 11 a.m. Participants can do the full 10 km’s, or a shorter 4 km stretch. The route is suitable for bikes, wheelchairs, strollers and rollerblades. Dogs on leashes and horses are also welcome.
Barriere Secondary students will have their own separate run on Sept. 17, running along Barriere Town Road, Deejay Road and Oriole Way. They are hoping to raise over $350 this year. Also, on Sept. 12 and 13, Barriere Secondary staff and administrators have volunteered to “take a hit” for cancer research by facing the firing squad of students. Students will be able to make a $1 donation for a water balloon and take their best aim from 15 feet away or make a larger donation of $3 for a chocolate and whip-cream pie that they will be able to use on the teacher of their choosing to pie that teacher in the face up close and personal. Then on Sept. 18, the leadership class will be selling bannock for $2 to raise additional funds for Terry Fox with the help of master chiefs Deb Ross and Chale Boyce.
Barriere Elementary students will be holding their own run on Sept. 20 in the afternoon, shortly after the lunch hour. They will exit from the back of the school and run along the path beside the river (behind the ball fields), for those of you who would like to cheer them on. They hope to beat last year’s goal in pledges.
The official Terry Fox Run happens every year on the second Sunday after the Labour Day weekend. September was chosen for this event, as it was the month when Terry had to stop running and the rest of us Canadians began to run in his place. All the funds raised in the Run go towards cancer research. To date, over $600 million has been raised in support of Terry’s cause.
The funds have been used to support cure-oriented, biomedical cancer research around the world, and in 2007, the Terry Fox Foundation created the Terry Fox Research Institute, which has a mandate to conduct translational research to significantly improve outcomes for patients.