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Yellowknife Prepares for Terry Fox Run

Yellowknife will once again be honoring Terry Fox’s legacy. A run is slated for September 18th starting at the Multiplex at 12PM

The Terry Fox Run is a tradition in many Canadian cities as a fundraiser for cancer research. A large-scale one hasn’t happened in person in Yellowknife since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s route will start at the Multiplex with the run starting at 12 PM. Participants are also welcome to walk, bike, or rollerblade as well.

As of Saturday Morning $10,970 has been raised towards the $25,000 goal. Donations and to register can be Made Online.

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Lena Schofield, who is the coordinator of the event again this year, mentioned on her donations page about the importance of regular screening and making it a part of everyday life. She spoke of her drive to make sure that this run is a success.

“My father Tony had colon cancer and esophageal cancer and my hope is that one day soon there will be a cure for cancer and my children won’t have to worry about it”

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, which saw Terry Fox jog roughly 42 kilometers a day for 143 days in 1980 before his leg cancer spread to his lungs. By February 1, 1981, his dream of raising $1 for every Canadian was realized as the fund totaled $24.17 million. Fox died in June 1981.

Mildred Hall School had their Terry Fox Run on Friday giving the students the opportunity to participate in the fundraiser. Their event was organized by the grade 4-6 students in the Birchbark Discovery Centre class with the support of their teacher Ms. CP. Through their leadership and organization they helped create a successful event for their school.  École Įtłʼǫ̀ Will be participating in the run as well with their event scheduled for Friday September 23rd. 

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