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Mayor Nancy Peckford’s Remarks on Terry Fox Run Day - September 19

September 14, 2021

Terry Fox Flag Raising Ceremony 2021 – Sept 14, 2021
Mayor Nancy Peckford's Remarks

Terry Fox had a dream. To fight cancer. And win.

After losing his leg to cancer at the young age of 18, he dedicated his life to raise awareness of this deadly disease and to raise money for cancer research.

He decided to turn an improbable dream into reality – to run across Canada raising money for cancer research.

Two years later, Terry began a cross-country marathon in my home province of Newfoundland. With fierce determination and hope, Terry ran an average of 42 km each day, every day for 143 days, through 6 provinces for a total of 5,373 kilometres.

Terry ran his last day on September 1, 1980, in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Terry wanted the marathon of hope to keep on going without him. Every year Canadians participate in the Terry Fox Run in his honour, and to raise money for cancer research. To date the Terry Fox Organization has raised over $850,000.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic families continue to walk and run in Terry’s honour. For the second year in a row the Terry Fox Run will be virtual.

Last year over 70 individuals, teams and families came together in North Grenville and raised $15,930 for the virtual Terry Fox Run. Let’s keep it going again this year North Grenville!

Participants can register online and plan their run or walk at a time, distance and location that works best for them and their families on or around the date of Sunday, September 19th. Participants can make use of the beautiful trails in North Grenville or map out a route through their neighborhood.

While Terry lost the battle to the deadly disease, his passion and legacy live on. He is a household name and Canadians will not forget his incredible story of defiance and determination. Across Canada, schools and streets are named after him.

Council has declared Sunday, September 19th as Terry Fox Run Day and will fly the Terry Fox Flag from Sept 14 to Sept 20th inclusive. 

Learn more at: 

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