The 2019 Terry Fox run in Mission takes place on Sept. 15 at Fraser River Heritage Park. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the run starts at 9 a.m. / Mission Record File Photo

Terry Fox Run takes place in Mission on Sept. 15

The event will be held at Fraser River Heritage Park

The annual Terry Fox Run takes place in Mission on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Fraser River Heritage Park (7494 Mary Street).

Registration for the 2019 run begins at 8 a.m. and the run starts at 9 a.m. A warm-up will take place before the run.

The event is set to wrap up by 11 a.m.

This year’s run features a 1 km, 5 km and 10 km route. All are suitable for bikes, wheelchairs/strollers and rollerblades.

Dogs on leashes are also welcome.

Everyone is welcome to participate in a Terry Fox Run, regardless of age, athletic ability or socio-economic standing. While the run does not have an entry fee or minimum donation, organizers do ask all participants to fundraise or make a donation. You can raise funds online, use a pledge sheet or make a donation at the run site.

About Terry Fox:

Terry Fox passed away on June 28, 1981 after a battle against osteosarcoma cancer.

In the many months prior, Fox had attempted to complete his Marathon of Hope to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

The Port Coquitlam native dipped his prosthetic leg in the Atlantic Ocean near St. John’s, N.L. on April 12, 1980, with the aim of running across Canada and finishing at the Pacific Ocean in Victoria, B.C.

He didn’t make it. He was forced to abandon his journey at Thunder Bay, Ont., because of pneumonia, caused by his cancer becoming metastatic and spreading to other parts of his body.

It was just after 4:30 a.m. on June 28, 1981, when Fox’s family shared the last few moments of his life while he remained in a coma at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. He was 22 years old.

Fox’s battle, and his marathon, captivated Canadians everywhere with his heroism and resilience.

While his physical goal may not have been reached, Fox raised $23.4 million for cancer research.

The first Terry Fox Run was held that September. More than 300,000 people walked or ran or cycled in his memory and raised $3.5 million.

Since then, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $750 million towards finding cures for various cancers through donations and annual runs hosted across the world.

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