How Terry Fox inspired Linda Lyons to get involved

Ellen Samek, Centennial Journalism For the last decade, the Whitby Terry Fox Run has been a part of Linda Lyons’ life. As a member of the organizing committee, Lyons and her family have made lifelong friends and she sees firsthand how the event helps the community. Her inspiration for getting involved was Terry Fox himself. She…

Richard Wu Returns to Run Again

by Brandon Wong, Centennial Journalism Two years ago, Richard Wu had a seizure in Hong Kong while preparing for a run and was diagnosed with brain cancer shortly after. Since then, Wu has participated in two consecutive Terry Fox Runs and has raised more than $19,000 for cancer research. Wu hopes to set an example for…

Why breast cancer survivor, Jennifer Beltran, continues to run

Louise Allyn Palma, Centennial Journalism In 2007, Jennifer Beltran was 34 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Beltran was devastated when she received the news. Once she was cured, she was motivated to take part in fundraisers dedicated to raising awareness of cancer research. Seven years later, she took part in her first 10K Terry…

37 years later, Laurie Sanderson is still inspired by Terry Fox

Nida Zafar, Centennial Journalism Laurie Sanderson lost a friend to cancer and it has left a scar that runs deep in her heart. This is Sanderson’s second year participating in the annual Terry Fox Run at Cedar Brook Park. Her connection with Fox, though, goes back to 1980 when Sanderson heard Fox speak when his Marathon of Hope stopped…

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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.

How the Terry Fox Run helps Susan Gapka finds her inner strength

Five years ago, a grieving friend who had just lost her spouse to cancer invited Susan Gapka to participate in the Terry Fox Run. That friend was Olivia Chow and her husband was Jack Layton, then leader of the federal New Democratic Party. Now, Gapka runs not only to remember her own close friends who have succumbed to the disease, but also to raise money for cancer research.