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(Posted 7:30 a.m., Sept. 20)
Orléans Terry Fox Run still going strong after 36 years
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

It’s 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.

Waddell's 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 had.

Four 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

After 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.

Three 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.

“I 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.

This 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.

Fawcett 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.

“I 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.

Since 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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