7:30 a.m., Sept. 20)
Orléans Terry Fox Run still going strong after 36 years
By Fred Sherwin
hard to believe it’s been 36 years since the very first
east end Terry Fox Run was organized in Convent Glen North
by the Orléans Kinsmen Club in honour of Terry Fox, whose
dream was to raise $1 for every man, woman and child in
Canada in the fight against cancer.
motivation to run in the very first Terry Fox Run was
his daughter Pamela who was engaged in her own battle
against cancer at the time. She was nine years old when
she was diagnosed with bone cancer similar to what Fox
generations of Waddells, Pamela (right), Nelson pushing his
three-month old great-granddaughter Hailey, and Kaitlyn Skinner
(left with her husband Kyle), set out on this year’s Terry Fox
Run. Over the course of 37 years, Waddell has personally raised
more than $105,000. Fred Sherwin/Photo
18 months of chemotherapy and six months of radiation
her cancer went into remission. Twenty years later she
was diagnosed with breast cancer and survived that.
weeks ago Nelson’s wife Irene had to undergo a mastectomy
after being re-diagnosed with breast cancer which returned
after being in remission for more than 28 years.
guess you could say I have a vested interest in the Run
and all the money that’s raised for cancer research,”
said Waddell before setting out on this year’s run with
his three-month-old great-granddaughter Hailey, who was
tucked comfortably in her stroller.
year’s east end Terry Fox Run was once again organized
by Jahn Fawcett who took over from event organizer Chris
Goneau prior to last year’s Run.
was pleased with this year’s turnout which was up from
last year, both in term’s of numbers (over 200 participants)
and money raised, despite having to compete with the Army
Run which has been held on the same day as the Terry Fox
Run for the past three years – a fact that erks an ex-Navy
man like Waddell.
wish they would get their crap together and get this corrected.
There’s no reason they can’t organize it on the weekend
before or the weekend after. It’s not right,” said Waddell.
its inception in 2001, the Terry Fox Run has grown internationally
to the point where there are Terry Fox Runs in 12 different
countries this year including places like Peru and Croatia.
To date, over $650 million has been raised worldwide for
cancer research in Terry’s name through the annual event.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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