Last Updated on September 22, 2020 by YGK News Staff
On the 40th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, the Terry Fox Run is still going forward, virtually. The theme of this years Terry Fox Run is “Your Way.” The organization is encouraging Kingstonians to participate in their own way, even though it is not happening in person.
“Today, 40 years later, we’re in a year that’s challenging us more than we could have ever expected. We have to think outside the box to make the best of our 2020 participation. We can’t think of anything that Terry would appreciate more.” Their website says.
The organizers of Kingston’s Terry Fox run have mounted a large online effort to bring awareness to the event. This included having local public figures speak about the Terry Fox run, a sweater sale and inviting Terry Fox’s brother, Fred Fox, to encourage Kingstonians to participate in the event.
The organizers of Kingston’s Terry Fox run initially set a goal of $40,000. While they did not think this would happen, they were quickly proven wrong.
The committee has now exceeded their goal, raising $40,484.09, with 149 fundraisers participating. On September 19th, the fundraisers were within $5,390 from achieving their goal.
Kingston’s organizing committee is led by Kristi Murphy, who is the chair of the committee. The Kingston organizing committee is comprised of Norma Barrett, Elizabeth Gorman, Paul Elsley, Suzin McPherson and Lynn Brown.
“It has been an amazing year!” Murphy said to YGK News.
The committee is encouraging you to participate wherever you are, whether that be in your neighbourhood, backyard, down the street or around the block.
Within Canada, the country has raised $4,046,332 with 23,855 fundraisers participating. All funds donated go towards the Cancer research.
You can still register to run or donate via the Terry Fox website.