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31st Annual Terry Fox Run – The First Without Betty Fox

31st Annual Terry Fox Run was held on Sunday - the first without Betty Fox, Terry's mom who died earlier this year. Above is the Terry Fox statue in Ottawa, Canada, one of many across the country.

31st Annual Terry Fox Run was held on Sunday - the first without Betty Fox, Terry's mom who died earlier this year. Above is the Terry Fox statue in Ottawa, Canada, one of many across the country.

On Sunday, thousands of people, young and old, around the world were involved in some way with the 31st annual Terry Fox Run, and it is amazing the way that Terry Fox and his family have impacted so many lives. The runs are held all over the world, and those unable to take part contribute in other ways with donations.

It was April 1980 when Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope to raise funds for cancer research after he had been diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, bone cancer, and had to have his right leg amputated above the knee. He ran 3,339 miles on his journey across Canada to raise money for cancer research, but unfortunately his cancer returned and he died in June 1981.

However, his dream has never faded, as his family took up the cause, with his mother Betty speaking to thousands of school children about Terry and his dreams. She always finished each talk with “Never, ever give up on your dreams.”

Unfortunately Betty Fox died unexpectedly this year, but the fundraiser continues, with runs around the world to raise more funds, and continue the work that Terry started. The first Terry Fox Run raised $300,000. but now over $550 million has been raised through the Terry Fox Foundation, providing so many more opportunities to research cancer and offer hope to many.

But it is not just Canadians who are involved in the Terry Fox Run. People all over the world are impacted by Terry’s story, by the hope he has given and still gives to others. The Terry Fox Foundation allows people all over the world to donate to this cause.

So although this year’s run was tinged with sadness over the death of Betty, the Terry Fox Run just keeps getting stronger, thanks to the Fox family who are still heavily involved in this event, which now remembers Terry and his mom Betty.

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