Terry Fox Run in jeopardy in Yorkton
A planned fundraising event in Yorkton, Sask., for the Terry Fox Foundation is in danger of being cancelled due to a lack of volunteers, organizers say.
"With less than two months remaining before the run celebrates its 30th anniversary across Canada, officials fear the future of the event may be in jeopardy," Derek Lothian, communications co-ordinator for the Terry Fox Foundation in Saskatchewan, said in a release Thursday.
The worldwide Terry Fox Run is set for Sept. 19. Yorkton is a city of 15,000 about 190 kilometres northeast of Regina.
Lothian noted that Yorkton citizens have participated in 28 prior runs and raised almost $130,000 for the charity.
The Terry Fox Foundation funds cancer research. It is named for the young man who, despite having lost a leg to cancer in 1977, set out on a cross-Canada marathon in 1980.
Fox's Marathon of Hope — he ran 26 miles per day — ended near Thunder Bay, Ont., after it was discovered that cancer had spread to his lungs. He died in 1981 at age 22.
Since then, communities across Canada and around the world have organized annual Terry Fox runs, now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.
"Yorkton has a rich history of supporting the Terry Fox Run and Terry's dream," Lothian said. "However, these events rely solely on volunteer support to operate."
Lothian said time is running out, but added the foundation will be able to provide some assistance. "We are hopeful that members of the community will come forth in the next few days," he said.