The Terry Fox Run returns this year to mark the fight against cancer and will see people from all walks of life rally around the twin causes of cancer prevention and awareness.
Who is Terry Fox, you ask?
Terrance Stanley “Terry” Fox CC OD (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy.ADVERTISEMENT
The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$600 million has been raised in his name.
Similar to last year, this year’s run will be held at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, 2nd November at 8am. The general public is encouraged to participate in this non-competitive family event and can use any non-motorised form of mobility – walking, running, cycling, or skating, on either the Family Route (2 km) or Standard Route (4 km or as many loops in an hour).
Participation for this year’s run is free with funds raised primarily through the sales of Terry Fox Run T-shirts. All proceeds will go to this year’s run beneficiary Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF) to be utilised for cancer research.
The T-shirts are priced at RM30 and are available in different sizes for both children – 2, 4 and 3XS – and adults – 2XS, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL from 22nd October whilst stocks lasts at these following places:
- CARIF at Subang Jaya Darby Medical Centre in Subang Jaya
- The Canadian High Commission, Menara Tan & Tan in Kuala Lumpur
- Main Concourse Area @ Bangsar Village 1, in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
- Menara Citibank in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
- The Running Lab at Tropicana City Mall in Petaling Jaya
For more information, visit the Terry Fox Run’s Facebook page.