Terry Fox continues to inspire Ottawa students

By: Brock Wilson
Students across Canada laced up their running shoes for the annual Terry Fox run, taking place last week and making its way to Ottawa on September 15.

Foot of Terry Fox statue in Ottawa. Photo provided by Mike Gifford.

By: BROCK WILSON

Foot of Terry Fox statue in Ottawa. Photo provided by Mike Gifford.

Foot of Terry Fox statue in Ottawa. Photo provided by Mike Gifford.

On Sept. 15, students across Canada laced up their running shoes for the annual Terry Fox Run. In Ottawa, the event took place at Carleton University.

At the age of 18, Terry Fox had his right leg amputated after discovering he had a malignant tumour. According to the Terry Fox Foundation website, he developed a desire to run after reading about an amputee runner.
 In 1980, Fox began his cross-country Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research. After 143 days and over 5,000 kilometres, Fox was forced to stop running because his cancer had spread into his lungs.

That September, with the support of Isadore Sharp, chairman and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the Marathon of Hope become an annual fundraising event in Terry’s honour, and is now a nationally recognized fundraiser.

While support for the annual Terry Fox Run is strong, organizers have noticed that there are not many opportunities for university and college students to get involved.

“We’ve always had a lot of elementary and high school students participate, but when students get to university it really drops off,” said Ontario director of the Terry Fox Foundation, Martha McClew.

It was this realization that led to the creation of Terry’s CAUSE on Campus.

CAUSE, which stands for College and University Student Engagement, is an initiative that was created in 2012, according to McClew.

“We realized so much research is already happening on university campuses and Terry was the same age as many of these students when he ran … we thought it seemed like a nice way to link back to that generation,” McClew said.

Carleton University is one of  28 schools that took part in Terry’s CAUSE this year, according to McClew. She said 14 more schools participated in the event this year, compared to the last.

“We got involved with CAUSE last year and partnered with the Ottawa Terry Fox run to put on one big event,” said Erin Chezick, Carleton’s student program coordinator for Terry’s CAUSE on Campus.

“Last year we raised $214,000 in total … this year we expect at least 2000 people to participate,” added Chezick.

The Ottawa event was held at Anniversary Park, at Carleton.

“It is a great opportunity for everyone to come out and support a really great cause,” Chezick said.

With support from people all across Canada, the Terry Fox foundation has raised over $600 million for cancer research, according to their website.

Many people participate in the annual event in honour of someone they know who is battling cancer.

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