The Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research will take place this Sunday, Sept. 18, starting at the Sudeten Hall at 2 p.m. The run is actually open for participants to walk, run or cycle for three, five or 10 kilometres along the Dawson Trail, with signage along the trail to mark the way. Pledge forms can be picked up at City Hall, at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre, or at Scotiabank, and donations can be raised individually or online through the website at www.terryfox.org.
"This is one of the best fundraisers we have found in terms of community support," said Erin Oliver, recreation programmer for the City of Dawson Creek, who is helping to organize the event. "There are so many local businesses that donate refreshments or prizes."
She added they had about 150 participants in last years run, but fundraising has waned in recent years and she is hoping that will pick up again.
The Terry Fox Foundation states 87 cents of dollar raised goes towards cancer research, with only three per cent going towards administration and 10 per cent going towards fundraising costs. Oliver noted the foundation funds research for all kinds of cancers, not just one.
She added there will prizes for participants and those who come down and donate that day, including the grand prize of a bicycle donated by Scotiabank, the national sponsor of the run. There were also be many other prizes generously donated by local businesses, she said.
For more information, visit the website mentioned above.