3 p.m., Sept. 21)
Local Terry Fox Run a success despite Army Run conflict
By Fred Sherwin
Jahn Fawcett answered an appeal to find a new director for
the Terry Fox Run in Orléans, he so out of a sense of wanting
to continue Terry Fox's legacy on a local level.
Waddell stands next to his display at the
Orléans Terry Fox Run on Sunday. In 35 years,
the Orléans resident has raised more than
$100,000. Fred Sherwin/Photo
the time, he had no idea that the organizers of this year's
Army Run were planning to hold their event on the same
day. It's a conflict that has only occurred once previously
in the eight-year history of the Army Run, that was in
a result of this year's conflict, participation was down
at all three Terry Fox Runs in the Ottawa area despite
it being the 35th anniversary of the Terry's Marathon
the conflict did not impact people's generosity, at least
not locally where Fawcett was happy to report that they
received a number of donations from people who decided
to take part in the Army Run instead of the Terry Fox
lot, a lot of people have either dropped off donations
here, or donated on line, so I'm very happy," said Fawcett,
who took over the event from Chris Goneau
the efforts that were made by some individuals who passed
up the Terry Fox Run for the Army Run, the conflict did
upset a few of the participants at this year's event including
Cindy Blanchard who is a 20-year veteran of the military.
unacceptable. It never should have happened. They had
a two week window to organize their event. Why have it
on the same day as the Terry Fox Run? It's ridiculous,"
said Blanchard, who plans to send an e-mail to the miitary's
Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance. "The General
needs to tell those army boys to smarten up."
McLean and his son Denon chose to take part in the Terry
Fox Run over the Army Run.
done the Army Run in the past, but this year we're doing
the Terry Fox Run," said McLean. "I remember
seeing him on TV and it's something I've always supported."
person who wouldn't miss the Terry Fox Run for the world
is 71-year-old Nelson Waddell, who has taken part in all
35 Terry Fox Runs and on Saturday surpassed the $100,000
mark in total funds raised.
been a big goal for the last three of four years and we're
finally there. Of course, it didn't start out that way"
said Waddell, recalling he raised $50, all of it his own
money in the first year.
for the conflict with this year's Army Run, the 25 year
navy veteran called it "unfortunate".
very unfortunate. Poor planning on their part," Waddell
said, referring to the organizers of the Army Run.
debate over the conflict aside, the two events were still
very successful. The Army Run was completely sold out and
the Terry Run raised hundreds of thousands of dollars
for cancer treatment and research.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)