'His story touches me' (13 photos)Sunday, September 15, 2013 by: Donna Hopper
As hundreds of thousands of Canadians laced up for a great cause today, approximately 600 participants took part in this year's annual Terry Fox Run at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion in Sault Ste. Marie.
For the past 33 years, supporters have been encouraged to walk, run, wheel and ride to raise funds for and awareness of cancer research in the name of Terry Fox who first began his cross-country Marathon of Hope in 1980.
The spread of cancer forced Fox to end his trek 143 days after it began.
He died on June 28, 1981 as an entire nation mourned.
Sault organizing committee Chair, Nathan Mudge, told SooToday.com that today's rain may have dampened our numbers, but active participation the Terry Fox Run locally still increased in 2013 over previous years.
"Having a more consistent location at the Bondar Pavilion helps stabilize the event," he told us. "Also, the organizing committee has done a lot of hard work to increase the event's recognition."
Mudge said that having teams take part in the cancer fundraising event brings participation up because it encourages a lot of friends and family members to take part that otherwise may not have.
One of those teams we met today was the Sault Area Hospital Operating Room Suite Hearts (pictured), a dedicated group of 35 colleagues that included physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, porters and the like.
"We work as a team at the hospital, and we work as a team during the run," we overheard one team member say.
First-time team member, Carol Suriano and daughter Lauryn, both walked the route in just over one hour today.
"Terry Fox inspired me to do this. His story touches me," Suriano said.
With five months of planning and 60 volunteers behind the Sault's Terry Fox Run, today's event raised a total of $33,215 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
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