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Annual Terry Fox Run set for early November

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Annual Terry Fox Run set for early November

Hoang The Phong

Representatives from the 2017 Terry Fox Run’s organizing committee unveil the 2017 Terry Fox Run T-shirt - PHOTO: MINH PHONG

The 2017 Terry Fox Run will make a comeback at Tan Trao Street in Phu My Hung Urban Zone in HCMC’s District 7 at 8 a.m. on November 5.

Organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (CanCham), the 21st edition of the annual event is a special occasion to honor Terry’s stringent efforts and keep alive his dream of finding a cure for cancer.

Over the past years, the charity run has attracted a lot of attention and applause from not only the media and the public but also local and foreign donors.

The 5km run, walk, wheel or ride is calling for the participation of companies, schools, communities, families, and individuals to raise awareness on voluntary spirit and donate funds for cancer research. All the proceeds from the event will be used to raise funds for cancer research projects in Vietnam, the organizer told the Daily on Monday.

Last year, the Terry Fox Run Vietnam became the largest international charity run in the world with a record attendance of more than 19,500 participants, helping to raise VND1.9 billion (US$83,600) which was used to fund a two-year project on cancer research at Children’s Hospital No.2.

Notably, last year’s event was also attended by Judith Fox, who is Terry’s sister and international director of the Terry Fox Foundation.

Terry Fox grew up near Vancouver, British Columbia on Canada’s west coast. As an active teenager engaged in various sports, he was diagnosed with bone cancer when he was only 18 years old, forcing him to have his right leg amputated 15 centimeters above the knee in 1977.

While in hospital, Terry was so touched by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children that he determined to run across Canada to donate money for cancer research. He called his journey the Marathon of Hope.

Terry Fox ran almost 42 kilometers a day through eastern Canada, Quebec and Ontario. However, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometers, Terry was forced to stop running outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario because his cancer had returned. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22.

The Terry Fox Run is no longer just a Canadian tradition as it is actively organized in more than 30 countries around the world and in thousands of locations in Canada and the U.S. To date, over US$600 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name.

On-site registration of the run begins at 7 a.m. For more information, visit http://terryfox-vn.org.

Companies and schools may register directly with CanCham Vietnam at terryfox@canchamvietnam.org or by visiting TerryFox-vn.org. Terry Fox Run Vietnam shirts are made available at VND200,000 for an individual and VND300,000 for a team shirt until October 20.

Individual shirts can be purchased at the CanCham office or at an official registration site, or at the Terry Fox Run between 7 and 8 a.m. on November 5.

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