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.
Kevin Syms and his family arrived at Cedar Brook Park Sunday for the Terry Fox Run in Scarborough. Participating in the event is a great way to raise cancer awareness, but to Syms, it is also promotes family fitness.
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.
Doris Spencer’s first Terry Fox Run was in 1987. At the time, Spencer, now 92, was running for her eldest daughter who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Nearly three decades later, Spencer is still doing the Terry Fox Run in Scarborough’s Cedar Brook Park. Three of her children died of cancer.