Record-breaking year for Ottawa Terry Fox Runs

This weekend, many Canadians will be gathering to take part in Terry Fox runs across the country to honour the memory of the Canadian hero.

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Joggers, walkers, cyclists, and roller bladers will descend on Springbank Gardens today for the 35th annual Terry Fox Run.

Hammerberg’s battle has been reported in previous SooToday stories and this is the third Terry Fox Run “Taten’s Warriors” have participated in.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. He died nine months later.

The Terry Fox Run start in Welland.

Electoral boundary redistribution has shaken the New Democrats’ hold in the area by bringing more Conservative supporters into the riding, which could spell trouble for Donnelly. “I was diagnosed with cancer when I was 30”.

In Barrie alone the memorable run has raised about $89,000 on Sunday.

“It’s a family of three kids, and this was the oldest little girl”, she said.

“She was a very vital, energetic, active, strong woman – just watching this process (of cancer) really busted me”.

Hall said she hadn’t participated since grade school, but cancer in her family lured her back.

Don Cowie, 72, of Calgary, has been doing the run for 32 years. While they help The Terry Fox Foundation they are also helping themselves.

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He thinks one thing that keeps so many young people interested in Terry is that he will forever be 21, running alone in a t-shirt and shorts down a Canadian highway. “Thus far we have raise $119,000 which is higher than previous year and not all of the online donations have come in”. Alex agrees. “Each fall, Mr. Moulton puts on the Terry Fox Assembly. I distinctly remember him running across Canada, and he had a total impact on my life”, said Regina Dolphins Swim Club president Nannette Choboter.

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