Over 100 people participated in the Terry Fox Run in Prince Rupert on Sunday afternoon to help continue the Marathon of Hope that the man himself set out to share.
The run raised over $27,000 — surpassing last year’s totals — through fundraising, donations and T-shirt sales.
The event started at Northern Savings Credit Union, where the 119 official participants either ran the 10km route or walked the five km in a show of solidarity against cancer.
Among those who attended were MLA Jennifer Rice and Coun. Blair Mirau, there on behalf of Mayor Lee Brain, who is away on a trip to Alaska.
Cancer survivor Ellen Marsh was there as well, taking part in a walk she said that makes her feel grateful for each day.
“I’m glad to be alive and in remission seven years after being diagnosed with cancer. Doing the walk every year reminds me how far I’ve come,” she said after everybody had come back from the run. Joining with so many others gives her a feeling of solidarity, she added.
“It feels good and it feels more involved. It can be lonely when you have cancer. You feel like you’re the only one going through it and that’s just not true. It only feels that way,” she said.
Northern Savings’ branch manager, Stefan Delloch, said the event is important because it’s honouring Terry Fox’s legacy.
“It’s about making sure that his Marathon of Hope that he started for the betterment of all human beings to help in the marathon against cancer, that the marathon continues on,” said Delloch.
A team of volunteers helped everybody get registered and made sure the event went smoothly.