© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
A Charlottetown Police Services motorcycle officer speeds up to get ahead of the runners in the annual Terry Fox Run in Charlottetown Sunday. The officer led the runners and walkers around the course to ensure their safety.
Canadian icon Terry Fox may have died more than 30 years ago but his spirit was alive and well at Victoria Park Sunday.
More than 200 individuals participated in Greater Charlottetown area Terry Fox Run, raising $8,258 to go towards the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research.
Since being founded in 1981, the Terry Fox Run has raised $600 million dollars with much of that having gone towards cancer research.
Sherwood resident Bill Courtney was one of the individuals who participated in Sunday’s run.
Courtney himself knows first-hand how cancer research helps patients.
The 46-year-old was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009.
While Courtney’s prognosis and check-ups are now good, he knows part of that is likely because of the large amount of research the foundation has funded.
“Cancer research helped me and I’m hoping it will help many other people in the future,” said Courtney, who was participating with his six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son.
There were many other youngsters taking part in the run as well.
“Terry is really alive and well in the community and new generation,” said Courtney. “It’s great for social activity and cancer research. It’s great for everybody.”
Run chair Courtenay Hemphill said she got involved in organizing the run four years ago.
Hemphill said while no one in her immediate family has ever been diagnosed, “inevitably and unfortunately we all see cancer in our families.”
She began coordinating the event when she heard that the Charlottetown run was in danger of being cancelled due to not having an organizer.
“Terry Fox was a Canadian hero and he ran a marathon every day for days on end,” said Hemphill. “It’s a grassroots organization that really does make a difference.”
More information on the Terry Fox Run and Terry Fox Foundation can be found at www.terryfox.org.