On Sunday, Sept. 16, York students, staff and faculty will join the members from the surrounding communities in honouring and continuing the legacy of Terry Fox by participating in the annual Terry Fox Marathon of Hope at the Keele campus.
The Terry Fox Run is a non-competitive charity event in commemoration of Canadian cancer activist Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope, a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research, which Fox ran with one prosthetic leg. For more than a decade, York University has served as an official site for the annual run, and this year’s event promises to be as popular as previous years. Last year, the York community raised more than $13, 000 for cancer research.
“To celebrate a great Canadian tradition and spirit by supporting the Terry Fox Foundation in finding the cure for cancer is important,” said Raymond Chen, york is U run organizer. “At the same time, it helps students develop a sense of belonging. It is really about bringing an entire community together, including faculty, staff, students and our neighbours and families.”
Terry Fox Run registration will begin at 9am on Sunday at the Life Sciences Building. Typically, the run/walk route is two to five kilometres. With construction on campus, details of the route will be given to participants during Sunday’s registration. Check the york is U website for updates. This will be an accessible route and strollers, wheelchairs and dogs are welcome. There will be volunteers from york is U and coordinators on the sidelines cheering on participants every step of the way. Water and light refreshments will be provided to all participants, courtesy of york is U, the event’s organizer.
Also returning this year is the Great Canadian Hair “Do” is taking place Sept. 13 and 14, at Vari Hall from 10am to 4pm. Members of York and its surrounding communities are invited to come out and show their support for cancer research by donating, becoming a participant, as well as, cheering on their fellow students, staff and faculty as they get wacky hair-dos for this great cause. Along with Hair “Do”, participants can also get their head shaved to raise money.