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Posted: June 14, 2015

Terry Fox Run organizer needed for Wasa

Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going without me” the words spoken by a true Canadian hero.

Terry Fox 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 for the need for research funding. When his own cancer spread and he was forced to stop running, he challenged the world to continue pursuing his dream. The heroic Canadian was gone, but his legacy was just beginning.

This year marks the 35th annual Terry Fox Run and The Terry Fox Foundation is looking for a compassionate volunteer Run Organizer to rise to Terry’s challenge and bring back his dream back to your community.

Terry Fox has inspired an incredible wave of change over the past 35 years with his legacy contributing to Wasa’s rich history. The first Terry Fox Run in Wasa was held in 1995 but unfortunately, the tradition has been missing for the past several years.

The Run is an opportunity for people of a variety of backgrounds and ages to come together and contribute to the close to $700 million that has been raised world-wide in Terry’s name and has contributed to impressive and vital progress made in cancer research over the past three decades (for more information about Terry Fox funded research projects visit www.terryfox.org or www.tfri.ca). 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 20 this year. Whether as a couple or individual, 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.

“The Terry Fox Run is a 35 year tradition in Canada with over 700 communities participating each year from coast to coast.  With our theme this year of “A dream as big as our country”, it leaves no question that the people of Wasa would love to once again be a part of this dream,” says Donna White, Provincial Director for the Terry Fox Foundation British Columbia and Yukon.

The Terry Fox Foundation stands out from other charities in that 84 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research initiatives. 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.” Terry taught us that every contribution matters. Terry’s legacy continues to positively affect countless people and lead to breakthroughs that were unimaginable when Terry set out on his historic Marathon of Hope 35 years ago.

If you wish to volunteer with a truly grassroots organization that values all contributions, and whose mission it is to fund innovative cancer research and bring Terry’s dream of a world free from cancer one step closer to becoming a reality, please contact Donna White at 604.464.2666 or [email protected] for more information.

Join us in reigniting Terry’s dream in your community today.

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