Terry Fox Run – Calgary Alberta
This year we are celebrating the 38th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope. This event reminds us, as Terry Fox once said, “The importance of realizing that anything is possible, if you try. Dreams are made if people try.”Terry Fox battled cancer at the age of 18 years old. His dream was to raise $1 000 000 for cancer research and as he fought for his life at the age of 22, he earned many awards and was able to raise more than $10 000 000 in a special telethon. As per the official site $700,000,000 has been raised in Terry’s name for cancer research.
Fort Calgary was the start and end of the “Marathon of Hope”. People could be seen coming from everywhere. Everyone enjoyed the cheerful atmosphere being entertained by stretching, activities, music and complimentary coffee from our friends at Tim Hortons.
Enthusiastic runners could be seen fighting the cold and lines for coffee while dancing to the beat of the music as they waited to start the 1K, 5K or 10K circuits. Volunteers along the route were seen giving hi-fives and cheering on the runners. The morning went smoothly and by the end of the run a well deserved BBQ was waiting for all the attendees when they finished.
Thank you to our ablesclefsdor team members who represented our region and supported the “Terry Fox Run” with $3127 raised for cancer research!
Jill Marven – Meeting Fred Fox
On September 13th, 2018, the Terry Fox Foundation of Alberta / N.W.T / Nunavut put on a special event at a Calgary ice cream shop, Sweet Tooth with the guest of honor, Fred Fox. Jill Marven, the Alberta region’s Terry Fox Run point person was able to stop by and speak with Terry’s brother.
He was a very welcoming gentleman, who spoke passionately about the organization and the impact it has had on cancer research and his family. He was looking forward to visiting various schools in the Calgary area with the support of the Western Canadian Terry Fox Team; Wendy Kennelly, Provincial Director. This year was extremely special, as it was his first year participating in a Terry Fox Run with his first grandchild and seeing how Terry’s idea has impacted all of the future generations.
The “Terry Berry Cheesecake” ice cream dessert, which was created in his honor, combined Terry’s love for ice cream and a variety of BC berries. In fact, Terry had once picked berries from farms as a summer job growing up, so it was the perfect ice cream creation!
Westin Hotel Calgary
Alberta Region, Les Clefs d’Or Canada
The Fairmont Palliser Hotel
Les Clefs d’Or Canada Concierges have made the Terry Fox Run, one of their major National Charities. The total amount collected this year for the Terry Fox Foundation is $19 556. and for the last 14 years, $223 538.