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On this day 38 years ago, Terry Fox inspired a city during his stop in Orillia

This year's event goes Sunday, Sept. 16; volunteers, runners required
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Terry Fox stopped in Orillia during his Marathon of Hope on July 27, 1980 and spoke at a civic reception at the Orillia Aqua Theatre. Runs in his honour continue to be held around the world. Contributed photo


The Orillia Terry Fox Run Committee is marking 38 years since a civic reception welcomed Terry Fox to the Orillia Aqua Theatre.

Many area residents still fondly remember July 27th, 1980: the day hundreds of people gathered to hear Fox speak as part of the original Marathon of Hope for cancer research. Terry would celebrate his 22nd birthday the next day in Gravenhurst.

Organizers are preparing to spread the word about the annual Orillia Terry Fox Run, by distributing official 2018 pledge forms, posters, and lawn signs to willing hosts in the coming weeks, while encouraging participants to sign-up online as individuals or teams and connect their donors to a secure website to solicit donations.

In 2017, the Orillia Terry Fox community run raised just under $39,000, bringing the cumulative total over the previous 29 years to $684,820.

The all-volunteer organizing committee is in the process of contacting run day volunteers as well as members of Terry’s Team – cancer survivors who demonstrate the success of cancer research funded by monies raised in the Orillia area.

“It was so great to see so many commemorative red shirts last year and to hear one survivor’s experience in her own words,” says run organizer Alison Stoneman, a 22-year survivor thanks to then-experimental treatment. “Gini Stringer is such a positive influence in the community and an inspiration to all who live a full life with a cancer diagnosis.”

Advance online registration to collect pledges or to donate to a participant is now available for individuals and teams at . Donors receive immediate tax receipts by email. The Terry Fox Foundation reminds everyone that it neither recommends nor endorses soliciting donations door-to-door to ensure donations are directed to the Foundation as intended.

The 2018 Orillia Terry Fox Run will be held Sunday, Sept. 16 on Terry Fox Circle at Couchiching Beach Park. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a unified Run start beginning at 1 p.m. Follow Terry Fox Run - Orillia on Facebook for upcoming events and details for Terry Fox Week in the City of Orillia.

Terry Fox Runs are held in 9,000 community locations, including Barrie, ‘Heart of Georgian Bay’ (Midland), Sugarbush (Oro-Medonte), Lagoon City-Brechin, Beaverton and Gravenhurst. Terry Fox school runs are generally held later in September.