Terry Fox Run for cancer research Sunday

The Terry Fox Run is taking place this Sunday in Smithers and Hazelton.

The Terry Fox Run is taking place this Sunday in Smithers and Hazelton.

The Smithers run starts at the Central Park Building on the corner of Main Street and Highway 16.

Hazelton’s starts at Northwest Community College. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the run starts at 10 a.m. There are two routes to choose from in Hazelton: a five kilometre and a 10 kilometre trail. The small route is suitable for bikes, wheelchairs and strollers.

Doug Donaldson’s MLA office is sponsoring the run.

“It is such a great, positive event and Terry Fox is a great role model. It means a lot to people in the Hazeltons,” said Donaldson.

Around 50 people come out each year and Donaldson said it is a big family event with people coming out to walk or run.

Dogs on leashes are also welcome to join.

Last year’s event raised approximately $1,500.

Registration in Smithers is at 12 p.m. with the run beginning at 1 p.m. There will be a 10 kilometre and a five kilometre trail for people to choose from.

The Terry Fox Foundation is responsible for supporting close to $20 million in discovery based research each year in Canada.

Not only does the foundation raise money for cancer research but it also continues to share the story of Terry Fox.

Fox was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1977 and had part of his leg amputated. While in the hospital he was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients he decided to run across Canada to raise money for research.

He called his journey the Marathon of Hope. However, he was forced to end his run early after the cancer spread to his lungs.

To date, the foundation has raised $650 million for cancer research world-wide.

In Smithers, last year there were 225 participants and over $5,100 was raised.

The Terry Fox Run has been running locally for 20 years.