Many of Saskatchewan’s schools are participating in the Terry Fox run Thursday morning.
The Terry Fox run began in 1980, when Canadian Icon Terry Fox ran an average of a marathon per day from the edge of the Atlantic to Thunder Bay, Ontario, to raise awareness and raise funds for cancer research.
Provincial Director for Saskatchewan heather MacKenzie said Saskatchewan has a rich history with the Terry Fox run.
“School runs have been happening in Saskatchewan for the last 38 years,” MacKenzie said. “We have over 600 schools participate every year, and each school does something a little different. Some of them have challenges, some of them do ‘toonies for Terry,’ some of them actually do a real, physical run or walk.”
The province raises about $1 Million for the Terry Fox Foundation each year.
MacKenzie said it’s great to see people still support the Terry Fox run after so many years.
“38 years ago, everybody really saw themselves in Terry, and Terry’s family, and he became an iconic Canadian,” MacKenzie said. “Through schools, we teach kids about perseverance, about what Terry did, and how it was so ground-breaking at the time.”
To date, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised over 750 million dollars for cancer research in their history.