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Calgary's Terry Fox Run raises 190K for cancer research
Published Sunday, September 16, 2012 4:16PM MDT
Over one thousand Calgarians hit the streets on Sunday for the 32nd annual Terry Fox Run.
Participants jogged, ran and rollerbladed, while others walked the route pushing strollers.
The Calgary event kicked off at Eau Claire Market. Local participants joined thousands across the country in raising money for cancer research. Leading the way was bobsledder and Olympic silver medalist, Helen Upperton.
The Calgary run set a new record as participants raised more than $190,000.
Terry's Marathon of Hope began in 1980 after Fox lost his leg to bone cancer.
After running 143 days, Fox was forced to stop, and passed away in 1981. Fox’s message continues to inspire people across the nation, raising millions of dollars.
“It's such an amazing Canadian event inspired by a young courageous true athlete,” says Upperton. “Terry Fox is a true athlete. The guy ran a marathon a day, on a prosthetic limb and he made people believe that things are possible. I think that's so inspirational."
The Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $600 million for cancer research.