Wednesday September 14, 2011

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Fox Flag Flying High At City Hall

Chilliwack prepares for 2011 Run Sept 18

Staff/Voice/Chilliwack City Hall photo

 

Raising the Terry Fox Run flag at Chilliwack City Hall Monday are Jonesy Jones (L to R), Rollie Fox, Sharon Gaetz, Ada Shingle, Carolyn Marleau, Margaret Kostrzewa and Moe Bozman. Below:  Bozman (L), Kostrzewa and Fox in council chambers for presentation and Mayor Sharon Gaetz presents Fox with book of condolences from the City. (Voice photos.)

 

ollie Fox and Terry Fox Run organizer, Margaret Kostrzewa, made a presentation at the Chilliwack City Hall council meeting to promote the annual run on Sunday.

 

After being in front of millions of people over the decades, Fox told council that this was the first time he'd been on a microphone speaking and he did better than most.

On Monday, Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz and city officials, as well as Fox and run organizers raised the Terry Fox Run flag at City Hall.

The run, scheduled for Sunday is the first one for the Fox family without matriarch Betty, who recently passed away June 17, 2011.

"I've got big shoes to fill," said Fox. "Betty used to say that if she was doing anything wrong, Terry's leg would trip her up and now I'm saying that if I do anything wrong, I've got two people to trip me up."              

Fox said in 1977, his son Terry was diagnosed with bone cancer. At the time the doctors told Fox and his wife their son had a 20-50 per cent chance of survival, however if diagnosed today, that figure is 80 per cent.

"That's all through research. The Terry Fox Foundation over the years has raised over $550-million," said Fox.

"Betty and I and our daughter Judith, who is the international director for the Terry Fox Foundation, 2-years ago went to Cuba where we found out that nothing happens in that country without Fidel Castro's okay."

"When we got there we were honoured and excited that out of 10-million people that live in the country, 2-million did their Terry Fox Run and they believe that Terry is 'theirs', almost."

Mayor Sharon Gaetz said she realizes how hard it's been for the Fox family this year.

"I realize how tough it is to get up here on the podium and takeover a job that Betty used to do, and do it with such finesse and such sincerity, it really is moving to all of us." she said.

"I want to say a special thank you to your family, to Fred and Darrel and Judith and yourself because this is what one family can do, of course it started with Terry, but every single family across Canada should be heartened by watching your example and know that when there's a cause, they can make a huge difference and your family made a difference of $600 million for cancer research."

"I know that your Foundation is lauded by other organizations that raise money for various causes because you give back 87 on every dollar and that's phenomenal."

Gaetz presented Fox with a book of condolences signed by residents.

"We were all very sad when Betty passed away, of course she's very dear in our hearts and we opened up City Hall and said if anybody wants to come and sign a book of condolences, we'd love for them to do that and so people came signed for you and your kids to say how very much you're loved and how very much she'll be missed and to wish you well in the future."

Fox said he won't be in Chilliwack for the run this year but plans on being in the city for the 2012 Run.

Kostrzewa invited the community for the 3km-5km-10km walk/run Sunday September 18 at the Landing Sports Centre Complex on Spadina Ave.

Registration is from 7.30am and the run begins at 8:30 and finishes around 12:30pm.

Cyclists and wheelchairs/strollers etc. can participate however the track is not suitable for rollerblades. Dogs on leash can also join in the trek.

Mt Cheam Lions Club will have a pancake breakfast by donation and the Community Band are on the entertainment stage.

For more information and to register online visit: www.terryfox.org

 

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