A couple of years ago, when one of the local Terry Fox runs was put on hiatus, the thought brought an uneasy feel to those grown used to seeing the event as an annual tradition.
Fortunately, the dedication of participants and volunteers who help organize the cancer fundraiser is still alive. This year in the county, residents will have opportunities in several locations this Sunday to walk or run and help keep the dream alive: in Pictou, Lismore and Bridgeville.
That is, sadly, not the case throughout Nova Scotia. As reported this week by CBC News, Terry Fox runs in a number of towns in the province – in Ontario as well – have been cancelled, mainly because it can be difficult to find the volunteer support.
Organizers in Truro decided to call it off, reportedly because they couldn’t find enough help. Sherri Mallov, who’s been involved with the event there for five years, attributed part of the reason to competition from a growing number of charity runs.
That’s perhaps not surprising, but at the same time it presents an opportunity to remind ourselves that the Terry Fox Foundation, since the first run 32 years ago, has raised more than $600 million to help fight this disease that affects so many – either directly or through a friend or family member
In Pictou County in recent years, the New Glasgow run was merged with the one in the town of Pictou last year, and the same will be happening this year. In 2012, organizer Shane Hampton said the event raised $2,500 for the foundation.
With a motto of working together to outrun cancer, the goal has never strayed from the dream Terry Fox had as a young man – what if every Canadian gave a dollar each to help fight the disease.
It’s both a community event and a communal effort to find a cure. There’s no entry fee, any amount of donation or pledge will be accepted. Sunday’s times for the event are: Bridgeville, 2-4 p.m.; Lismore, 1-3 p.m.; Pictou, 2-4 p.m. – with registration preceding start times.