Participants in the 2016 Terry Fox Run in Revelstoke. (File photo)

Local organizer needed to continue Revelstoke Terry Fox Run

A local organizer is needed for the Terry Fox run in Revelstoke this year or the 38-year event will not happen.

The Run is an opportunity for people of a variety of backgrounds and ages to come together and contribute to the growing total of more than $750 million that has been raised, worldwide in Fox’s name, in support of impressive and vital progress made in cancer research for more than three decades (for more information about Terry Fox funded research projects visit www.terryfox.org or www.tfri.ca).

“The Terry Fox Run has been with us in Revelstoke since 1985”, said Donna White, British Columbia and Yukon Provincial Director. “An astounding $76,000 has been raised at the Revelstoke run for innovative cancer research.”

As the volunteer run organizer, your responsibilities will include recruiting committee members, confirming the route, promoting the run, and overseeing run day activities.

The time commitment ranges from two to four hours weekly during the months leading up to the National Run Day, which is on Sunday, September 16th this year. Whether as a couple or individual or even a service group, the volunteer run organizer will always be assisted by the Terry Fox Foundation in the planning process, and given the resources to make it a success.

“I’m not a dreamer, and I’m not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to,” Fox wrote.

He had a single dream: a world without cancer. He sought to reach out to every corner of Canada, and beyond, when he embarked on his Marathon of Hope.

Terry Fox ran the equivalent of a marathon a day for 143 days straight, on one leg, to raise awareness of the need for research funding.

When his own cancer spread, he was forced to stop running. The heroic Canadian was gone, but his legacy was just beginning.

The Terry Fox Foundation is proud of the 82 cents of every dollar raised that goes directly to cancer research initiatives (based on the most recent 3-year average). The run, an all-inclusive, family-oriented activity, charges no entry fee or minimum pledge amount. Participants can run, walk, blade or bike.

“If you’ve given a dollar, you are part of the Marathon of Hope.”

Fox taught us that every contribution matters. His legacy continues to positively affect countless people and lead to breakthroughs that were unimaginable when Terry set out on his historic Marathon of Hope 38 years ago.

If you wish to volunteer with a truly grassroots organization that values all contributions, and whose mission it is to help every cancer patient, please contact Donna White at 1.888.836.9786 or donna.white@terryfoxrun.org for more information.

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