Last Friday, Junior School children donned bandannas and took part in the 27th annual Terry Fox Run. The weather was chilly but the children were happy as they ran together, sometimes hand in hand. When they crossed the finish line, students were treated to popsicles for their efforts by their teachers and Junior School Director Nancy Richards.
SMUS Middle School participants completed their run today. The students fund-raising went above and beyond, bringing in $4223.14 for cancer research. As a result of their tremendous efforts, four Middle school staff will be losing head and/or facial hair next Thursday at a special assembly. Bruce Kuklinski and Nancy Mollenhauer will have their heads shaved while Jim Willliams and Jerome Foenander will lose their precious facial hair.
The run is an annual non-competitive charity event held to commemorate Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, as well as to raise money for cancer research. It’s the largest single-day cancer fundraiser in the world, with an estimated 2.5 million people across the globe participating annually.
The run is focused more on participation than athleticism and distance; runners can cover anywhere from five to 15 kilometres. Unlike other major fundraising events, the Terry Fox Run has no corporate sponsorship, just like Terry Fox’s original cross-Canada run (he turned down every endorsement he was offered).
The Terry Fox Foundation was established in 1981 and its national director is Darrell Fox, Terry’s younger brother.