Terry Fox Run Day is a special day for those who participate. Many take part to honour loved ones who have battled cancer and strive to make a difference themselves. Some participants are patients or survivors themselves, who embody the progress Terry hoped so fervently to see.
This year’s Terry Fox Run organizer, Kathy Cooper, reported that the run on Sept. 15 was a great success. There were over 100 registered participants, running and walking either four, five, or 10 kilometres.
After welcoming everyone to the run, Copper introduced speakers, including acting Mayor Virginia Smith, as well as Sara Kate Smith, both of whom spoke about their experiences with cancer.
Then, three young ladies took to the stage to get everyone to do some warm up exercises, Emma Schilling, Faith Yurkiw and Nicole Huber. Immediately after the warm ups, everyone lined up and the signal to start the run was given.
There were lots of treats as the runners made it back to the park; oranges, apples, plums, cookies and drinks.
This was the 33rd year that communities around the world participated in the Terry Fox Run. Since 1981, Barriere has raised over $112,000. Last year’s run raised $6,378.75 and this year’s pledges amounted to an amazing $7,711. “What an honour,” stated Cooper, “to live in such a generous and thoughtful community.”