Organizer of Terry Fox Run on Toronto Island

Looking back and moving forward on Ward’s Island

For Jordan Hill, organizer of the Ward’s Island Terry Fox Run, the event is more than just a way to commemorate Fox’s legacy. To him, the fundraiser has a more intimate meaning.
“My mom was a huge Terry Fox fan and so I grew up with Terry Fox,” said Hill. “This run is actually in her memory, she passed away from lung cancer [in] 1998, and so after we’ve done a run here on her behalf.”

Participants arrive at the finish line of the Thornhill Terry Fox Run (Ben Freeman Collins/Centennial Journalism)

Terry Fox Story continues to inspire in Thornhill

Blaine Sikich was only 12 when he watched Terry Fox attempt his historic run across Canada and the tragic end that followed.
“The heartbreak of it when it ended touched the whole country,” Sikich said Sunday at the Thornhill Terry Fox Run. “I was no different, it left such an impression on me that he became a hero of mine.”
Sikich, the organizer of the Thornhill Terry Fox Run, was among the participants and volunteers who arrived early Sunday morning at Thornlea Secondary School. They are participating in the 36th annual Terry Fox Run which is held every year across Canada on the second Sunday after Labour Day.

Terry runs for Terry in Brampton

At the age of twenty-one, Terry Wood’s brother Richard was diagnosed with cancer. It was 2001, and the Brampton woman decided to channel her emotions to help the cause and start organizing for the Terry Fox event held at the local school that bears Terry Fox’s name. Wood did eventually lose her brother to cancer, but this kept her pushing to stay involved.

“It was a terrible thing, and a very sad thing but it’s life,” Wood said Sunday at the annual Terry Fox Run at the Heart Lake location.

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Terry Fox Run brings the community together in Newmarket

Since Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope in 1980, people worldwide come together for the Terry Fox Run each year to raise money for cancer research. This year, the Terry Fox Run has a very special meaning to first-time participant Kerri Moore and her teammates, The Dragons.
“We’re running for my dad who passed away in May,” said an emotional Moore Sunday at the annual Terry Fox Run in Newmarket at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex.

Janet and Paul Ainslie at Cedar Brook Park annual Terry Fox Run, September 2016. (Melissa Stephenson photo)

Scarborough’s Cedar Brook Park: one of longest running Canadian Terry Fox events

Terry Fox is an iconic Canadian, he was doing the run when we were teens and he showed us leadership, he was a really good first example of leadership in the community,” said Janet Ainslie, who has been co-organizing the Terry Fox Run for three years in Cedar Brook Park with her husband, local city councillor Paul Ainslie. They are helped by 55 volunteers. The couple decided to take on the responsibility of organizing the run after the retirement of former organizer Ken Pearson, who had been in charge for 15 years. Their goal for this year is to raise between $30,000-$40,000. They hope to beat their overall amount last year of over $40,000. All proceeds from the run go to cancer research.