Organizer sought for Terry Fox Run

The Terry Fox Foundation is looking for an organizer for the annual run in Summerland this year.

The Terry Fox Foundation is looking for an organizer for the annual run in Summerland this year.

The run has been held in Summerland since 1986 and for the past four years, Keith Johnson has been the organizer. This year he is stepping down from that role.

“It would be such a shame for the people of Summerland to miss out on an opportunity to keep Terry’s legacy alive as every community, no matter how big or small, can make a huge impact, just as Terry learned when a small town of 10,000 people raised over $10,000,” said Donna White, provincial director for the Terry Fox Foundation British Columbia and Yukon.

The run is held each fall as a cancer fundraiser in memory of Terry Fox.

In 1980, Fox, who lost a leg to cancer, began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

The cancer later returned and Fox died in 1981, at the age of 22.

During the run, he ran the equivalent of a marathon each day for 143 consecutive days.

The Terry Fox Run will be held this year on Sunday, Sept. 14.

Those interested in becoming the Summerland run organizer are asked to contact White by email at bcyukon@terryfoxrun.org or by phone at 1-888-836-9786.