Strength in Numbers: Nancy Kelly and Her Team of 40 Ran for Son at Terry Fox 2017

In 2006, seventeen-year old Christopher Kelly was diagnosed with osteosarcoma—the same cancer that took Terry Fox’s life. Ever since Christopher’s death in 2009, his mother, Nancy, along with approximately forty of Christopher’s friends and family have not missed the annual Terry Fox Run. Team Kelly is made up of extended family, friends, children, and dogs. The team only gets bigger each year.

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84-year-old Verla Fiveash talks cancer prevention, the loss of her son and being a community leader

Verla Fiveash, 84, has been a community leader for as long as she can remember. She has been a Scarborough resident since 1969 and has grown quite attached to her tight-knit community. Fiveash has been an organizer and volunteer for over 30 years and this year’s 36th annual Terry Fox Run at Cedar Brook Park was no exception. Fiveash lost her son to colon cancer in February, 2017. He was 57 years old.

Pickering Terry Fox Run helps young parents teach life lessons

For two young parents, this year’s Terry Fox Run was not only the site of an important fundraising event, it was where they gave their daughter some of her first life lessons.

To Pickering residents Robert and Cassandra Scrimgeour, Fox is not only an inspiration, he was an opportunity to teach their daughter Stella, 3, about compassion. And so, on Sunday morning at the Pickering edition of the 36th annual Terry Fox Run, the couple participated for their first time since grade school, but this time, as a family.

“(We want to teach Stella) the importance of helping people, those who need it. The importance of being there for others. Of giving back, especially. Of not being selfish. We think this is an important thing to try and teach at this age,” Robert said.