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A Marathon of Hope for cancer patients

The Canadian High Commission will host its annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday, February 5, 2006. The Run will be flagged off by the High Commissioner, Ms Lucie Edwards, at 10

india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 20:00 IST

The Canadian High Commission will host its annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday, February 5, 2006. The Run will be flagged off by the High Commissioner, Ms Lucie Edwards, at10amfrom the front lawns of the High Commission. Registration starts at 9 am. This year’s Run marks the 25th year of this non-competitive event held throughout the world.

More than 3000 people, including 800 school children, are expected to run, walk, jog, rollerblade, bike, or choose whatever means of non-motorised transport they desire, to cover the route on Sunday.

Several corporate houses, non-governmental organisations, schools and individuals already have pledged support in terms of funds and participation. Proceeds from the Run will go to the Terry Fox Foundation.

The Terry Fox Run is the largest single-day fund-raiser for cancer research in the world. All funds support innovative cancer research and are distributed by The National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) through a strict scientific review process.

Donations are voluntary and exempt from tax under the Indian laws. For the past several years the Cancer Foundation Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, has been the recipient in Delhi.

The Run is held in memory of Terry Fox, a brave Canadian hero, and to raise funds for cancer research. The Terry Fox Run has become an annual event across Canada and around the world in honour of Terry Fox, who at the age of eighteen was diagnosed with bone cancer.

As a result, his right leg was amputated above the knee. Terry was so deeply moved by the pain and despair of other cancer patients that he decided to run across Canada, a distance of more than eight thousand kilometers, to raise funds for research. He invited every Canadian to be a part of his "Marathon of Hope."

Terry's fierce determination resulted in his running an average of 42 kilometers every day for 143 days. Marathon of Hope took place in 1980.Terry was forced to end his marathon due to the spread of cancer to his lungs. Ten months later, Terry died at the age of 22, in June 1981.

You can help in realising Terry's dream of finding a cure for cancer by cheering on the New Delhi participants, or making a donation to this worthy cause. As in past years, commemorative T-shirts and raffle tickets with attractive prizes will be available on the day of the Run.

Further details can be had atterryfoxrun@gocindia.org

First Published: Feb 04, 2006 20:00 IST