Terry Fox Run this Sunday

Drag out the running shoes, the annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research is set for this Sunday.
The fundraiser will begin at the Fort Frances Museum with registration at 1 p.m. and then the run at 2. And as the event nears, organizer Vanessa Hebert is calling on everyone to get involved.
“We really could use more volunteers for Sunday,” she said.
“There are a variety of things that have to be done to set up for the run. We could really use people with a truck to put out arrows around the route.”
The run will begin at the museum, travel down Victoria Avenue to Front Street, and continue along the riverfront to Pither’s Point, where participants will turn around and return to the museum.
There also will be face-painting for children, and prizes for participants to be raffled off as part of the fundraiser.
Pledge forms are still available at businesses throughout town. Hebert said she isn’t sure how donations are going so far and won’t know until the actual run starts.
“They raised $13,000 last year. I would like to be able to raise that amount this year, but I just don’t know,” she remarked.
So far Hebert has hit a few snags as she prepares for her first run. “Our merchandise sales are not going very good,” she admitted.
Whereas in the past, run organizers had tables at Canadian Tire and Safeway prior to the event, they were unable to do so this year.
Merchandise such as T-shirts and sweaters are on display at Celeste’s and the Royal Bank, and can be purchased the day of the race.
Herbert said they also wanted to host a barbecue today to help raise money but unfortunately construction is set to begin outside the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau.
Organizers are looking for businesses to donate prizes that can be raffled off to participants. Pharmasave, one of the top fundraisers last year, also is still looking for a business to challenge its staff for the upcoming event.
While raising money is the focus of the annual event, Hebert said increasing awareness about cancer and about Terry Fox also is an important goal.
“Terry Fox did his own run and he made it his thing that if he collected $1 from every Canadian, he could raise money for cancer research,” she noted.
“It’s important that people get out there, even if they don’t pledge, so that Terry Fox stays fresh in people’s minds.”

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