Sunday September 12, 2010
30th Anniversary of the Marathon of Hope
sk someone to name a famous Canadian that stands head and shoulders above the rest and you're going to hear the name Terry Fox.
Canadian Driver image of the Fox van.
There have been stamps and coins with his likeness, countless tee shirts and all sorts of memorabilia, but by far the most precious one that brings back the most memories is the 1980 Ford Econoline van that was his support vehicle on his Marathon of Hope.
On Saturday September 18, the vehicle which was lost for a number of years and then found and restored will be on display at Chilliwack Ford as part of the 30th Anniversary of his cross-Canada run.
Fox, from Port Coquitlam, was diagnosed with cancer in his leg and in 1980 he set out to run across the country and in hopes of raising $1 for every Canadian. His goal was accomplished, but unfortunately he succumbed to the disease before finishing his quest. The run solidified a nation's resolve to do whatever they could to beat the devastating disease. To date the Terry Fox Foundation has raised well over $400-million worldwide for cancer research.
Then on Sunday September 19, the 30th Annual Terry Fox Run will be held in Chilliwack at the Landing Sports Centre. The run is informal and participants can choose from three routes of 1.5km to 10km.
Margaret Kostrzewa, volunteer run organizer, was in the 98.3 StarFm studios Friday and spoke about the upcoming events and the van.
"How excited we are and people should come out and check it out," said Kostrzewa. "It's something you should get your picture taken with, it's quite exciting for Chilliwack to have it."
Sharmaine May, from Chilliwack Ford, told the Voice on Sunday during Paws For The Cause where she was judging, that her boss, Dale Hewitt is involved in all aspects of the fundraising.
"Dale is an amazing community supporter and anything that he can do to help facilitate fundraising, he does his best to do it."
The event at Chilliwack Ford starts at noon on Saturday with a head-shave by City Councillor Chuck Stam. Several years ago, Stam managed to raise over $6500 for this worthy cause by cutting his mullet.
At 1pm, an auction of six donated vehicles will take place followed with a barbecue by donation and stage performances by Johnny Cash tribute artist, Darrell Wayman, Pardon My Striptease and Images Dance Studio.
"It would be great for more people to come out and be a part of it for the 30th Anniversary," she said. "This is Sunday, it's not school time and I'd encourage as many children (as possible) to come with their families."
At the Leisure Centre will be a Lion's Club breakfast and a movie will be shown inside on the big screen. Pledges will also be taken the day of the run.
On Sunday, registration begins at 7:30am and the run starts at 9am.
For more information on the run visit: www.terryfox.org and for information on the Saturday event contact Chilliwack Ford through their website here.
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