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Saultite plans to run 4,200 km to fight cancer

After losing his mother, aunts, and sisters-in-law to cancer, Rick Fall decided to run for hope, seeks support in his bid to raise $300,000
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RICK FALL
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Honouring the loss of his mother, aunts, and sisters-in-law who suffered and passed away from Cancer, Rick Fall has decided to take it upon himself to establish a non-for-profit cause that will provide hope for cancer patients.

By running 4200 Km from Victoria, B.C. to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. beginning on April 13, 2020, Rick’s goal is to raise $300,000 and split the funds between two organizations to further promote cancer awareness: Precision Oncology for Young People (a pan-Canadian project to give children, adolescents, and young adults who are out of conventional treatment options another chance) and the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research.

Appropriately naming the campaign as ‘Fallo-Rick', Rick intends to encourage people to follow his journey – one he refers to as the “longest run of his life” – in honour of his role-model Terry Fox. Rick’s intention is not to finish Terry’s run but to promote awareness for the foundation and to provide hope to all cancer patients by continuing his marathon for hope.

Originally, Rick was born in Duncan, B.C. In 1988, Rick moved to Sault Ste. Marie to work as a commercial pilot and after meeting his wife Colette, decided to remain in the community.

His goal is to run ‘home to home’ beginning at ‘Mile 0’ on the Trans-Canada Highway in Victoria, stopping in Duncan, and continuing to run an average of a marathon a day for a total of 98 days plus one rest day a week. The run should total 100 full days of running, the equivalent of 42 km a day for a total of 4,200 km.

With numerous years of experience as a cross country runner and participating in a series of marathons as well as in receiving recognition for his 100-metre hurdle run on Vancouver Island as a teenager, Rick has been unknowingly training for this goal from an early age.

Before Rick undertakes this goal, he is looking to garnish the support of community members and businesses to help to cover expenses for the 100-day run.

Gold supporters who provide $2,000 or more will receive:
    •    Logo with their URL link on FalloRick’s website
    •    Name printed on a supporters list that will be decaled on his support vehicle
    •    Honourable mention on his corresponding social media platforms throughout the journey
    •    Large logo printed in black on back of run t-shirt  

Silver supporters who donate $1,000 or more will receive:
    •    Logo with their URL link on FalloRick’s website
    •    Name printed below Gold Supporters that will be decaled on his support vehicle
    •    One-time honourable mention on the corresponding social media platforms
    •    medium logo printed in black on back of run t-shirt

Bronze supporters who donate $500 or less:
    •    Logo with their URL link on FalloRick’s website
    •    Name printed below Bronze Supporters that will be decaled on his support vehicle
    •    One-time honourable mention on his corresponding social media platforms

Rick wishes to thank those who have reached out to support his cause including gold support from McDougall Energy. Silver support from TMS Truck Centre and CC Communications Inc. Bronze support from Staples, Cavera Inc, Zero Six Zero and Miramar Design Studio.  

To support Rick and become a Gold, Silver, or Bronze supporter please email Rick at fallorick@gmail.com. To donate directly to the fundraising goal of $300,000 please visit the website.

Remember to ‘Fallo-Rick’ and his journey on Facebook and Instagram.

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