10:30 p.m., Sept. 16)
Orléans Terry Fox Run veteran joined by kindred
Nelson Waddell participates in His 32nd Terry
Fox Run with his wife Irene (left) and his
friend Vi Timmerman who is visitng from Terrace,
B.C.. Fred Sherwin/Photo
the past 32 years, Orléans resident Nelson Waddell
has laced up his running shoes and joined millions of
people around the world in carrying on the legacy of Terry
has participated in every Terry Fox Run since its inception
in 1981 and this year he was joined by another 32 time
participant, Vi Timmerman from Terrace, B.C.
and Timmerman have known each other for over 40 years.
He and her husband served in the navy together in Victoria
and then Halifax. Waddell was eventually posted to Ottawa
and the Timmermans moved back to B.C.
stayed in touch with each over the years, but neither
knew of each other's admiration for Terry Fox or their
ongoing dedication to the fight against cancer and the
Terry Fox Run. In fact, it wasn't until Timmerman made
arranged to attend a navy reunion in Ottawa, that the
two old friends discovered their mutual accomplishment.
told me about the local Terry Fox Run and that he had
been in them all and I told him that I had done it every
year, so I said we had to do it together. It's very special,"
said Timmerman before setting out on the Orléans
course with Waddell and his wife Irene.
air was cool and crisp when the event kicked off at 8
a.m., but by 9 p.m. when Waddell and Timmerman started
their walk the sun was starting to warm things up.
Chris Goneau was happy to see a lot of familiar faces
at this year's event, including the 40 plus members of
Team Valerie who walked in memory of his daughter who
passed away from cancer last summer at the age of 20.
Orléans Terry Fox Run is among hundreds of similar
runs held every year on the second Sunday after Labour
Day in major centres and small towns across Canada. Terry
Fox Runs are also held in more than 50 countries around
told the annual event has raised more than $600 million
for cancer research without the aid of corporate sponsoorship
as was Terry's wish. During his cross-country run, he
turned down every endorsement he was offered for fear
it would detract from his goal of creating public awareness.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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