Terry Fox virtual runs still kicking cancer’s butt

Team Bowman-Kurt's Krew collected over $2,200 this year for the Terry Fox Run. Even in tough times, the tough keep finding ways to make it work. Supplied by Terry Fox Runs jpg, KI

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The 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run turned out to be a double battle. Not only is the world still fighting cancer, but it is also fighting a global pandemic. However, that wasn’t about to stop organizers and dedicated “Foxers” throughout the region.

“It’s been a different year but we still did it,” Lori Higgs, of Team Bowman-Kurt’s Krew, said. “Thank you all. We collected over $2,200 this year which brings us to over $28,500 total raised over the years.”

Part of the Gananoque Run, Kurt’s Krew couldn’t imagine not going out to be part of the effort.

“We formed team Bowman-Kurt’s Krew a few years ago in memory of my dad,” Higgs said. “We made a 5 kilometre route up and walked to help kick cancer’s butt.”

“As of September 19, Gan had raised over $4,000,” Christine Milks, Gananoque Run organizer, said. “I am hopeful that we might come close to one dollar for every Gananoque resident which would equate to exactly what Terry hoped to accomplish – one dollar for every Canadian.”

In Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Lisa-Marie Vincent was out early checking the route and making sure that everything was as ready as possible for those hardy souls who were still willing to head out for the cause.

“We raised over $2000, which is quite low,” Vincent said. “But we aren’t licked yet. This is a different kind of year, and people are doing things in different ways.”

Without the fanfare, without the parties and speakers and mass gatherings, it may not have seemed like a Terry Fox Run to some. However, it isn’t over until it’s over.

“We would appreciate people thinking it is more than one day this year for sure,” Milks said. “The foundation is hoping people might think about still buying tee-shirts this week even after the run is finished.

“I was quite happy to hear that a friend of mine in Brockville that picked up a lawn sign from me raised $125.00 just from people passing by her house while she was outside gardening, and many were random people that she didn’t know. This is the amazing power of Terry Fox.”

The organization has not limited itself to a single 24-hour period this year. Instead, they are hoping people will continue to participate right up to the end of the month. T-shirts are still available, and all donations are very welcome.

“Cancer doesn’t stop for COVID-19,” Higgs said. “We all have to do what we can and keep fighting.”

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