The 39th annual Terry Fox Run had a total of 100 participants, including 99-year-old Peggy Armstrong who raised more than $300 for the event on Sept. 15, 2019, in Barriere, British Columbia. Submitted photo. The 39th annual Terry Fox Run had a total of 100 participants, including 99-year-old Peggy Armstrong who raised more than $300 for the event on Sept. 15, 2019, in Barriere, British Columbia. Submitted photo.

100 participants turn out for annual Barriere Terry Fox Run

Local residents raise more than $12,000 for cancer research

A little rain didn’t stop the town of Barriere from partaking in their 39th annual Terry Fox Run.

Local resident Kathy Cooper has been organizing the event for 13 years and said this was the most they’ve ever been able to raise. The event raised a total of $12, 445 with more than 90 people in attendance. Residents had the choice of running or walking for 2.5 km, 5 km or 10 km.

“Cancer has impacted many families across the world and in our community,” said Cooper. “Many of us have had friends or family members who’ve been diagnosed with cancer and have had to receive treatment. Over the 39 years of hosting this event, there have been many generations who’ve participated.”

Amongst the participants, the event had 14 volunteers.

“The Terry Fox run brings a feeling of togetherness,” said Cooper. “No matter what the weather is like, people show up and get it done, that makes me really proud of our community. You can’t help but get emotional seeing the number of people who show up.”

The highlight of the event was 99-year-old Peggy Armstrong, who raised more than $300 from fundraising efforts. Armstrong had a goal of raising $90 for the event and she exceeded that. This was Armstrong’s fourth year participating in the run.

“It was a big year for her,” said Cooper. “It’s remarkable.”

Armstrong received a generous amount of support as she trekked along the route in her walker.

“Just because you get older does not mean you can’t be apart of what’s going on in the community,” said Cooper. “You can be active and she is certainly an example of that – she is young at heart.”

Cooper said the run is not just a fundraising event, but a tradition for families in Barriere. Each year communities across Canada participate in the Terry Fox Run, working towards one goal – raising money for cancer research.

“It’s fantastic what that young man started, it was a selfless act of, kindness,” said Cooper.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

The 39th Annual Terry Fox Run took place on Sunday, September 15, in Barriere. Submitted photo

Just Posted

Gilbertson ready to step down from organizing Barriere’s Walk For Alzheimer’s

By Margaret Houben Liz Gilbertson has been chairing the Barriere and Area… Continue reading

Don’t fall for scammer who says, “Your Windows license is expiring”

They explain you need to upgrade your operating system if you want your computer to keep working

Province seeks input into trails strategy

The Province and its partners have announced they are currently leading a… Continue reading

Soccer Academy every Friday at the Barriere Ridge

U4 to U13 youngsters excited about Lead Wolf Selects Soccer Academy

‘Presumptive case’ of coronavirus in Canada confirmed by Ontario doctors

Man in his 50s felt ill on his return to Canada from Wuhan, China

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study

Dr. Jane Buxton, an epidemiologist at the centre, says drug users need more resources,

‘My heart is going to bleed’: Bodies brought back to Canada following Iran plane crash

Remains of Sahar Haghjoo, 37, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elsa Jadidi, were identified last weekend

UBC grad and sister killed in Iran plane crash had bright futures ahead, close friend says

Asadi-Lari siblings Mohammad Hussein and Zeynab were two of 57 Canadians aboard downed Flight PS752

BCLC opens novelty bet on Harry and Meghan moving to the west coast

Meanwhile, real estate agency points to four possible homes for the family

Coastal GasLink work camp in Vanderhoof gets approved by the ALC

The work camp behind the Vanderhoof airport was first rejected by the commission in October last year

Canada slips in global corruption ranking in aftermath of SNC-Lavalin scandal

The country obtained a score of 77, which places it at the top in the Americas

Wuhan bans cars, Hong Kong closes schools as coronavirus spreads

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said her government will raise its response level to emergency, highest one

Most Read