Thousands of people gathered across Metro Vancouver over the weekend to help in the fight against cancer and celebrate a national icon.
A number of Terry Fox runs happened around the city on Sunday to raise money for cancer research.
Originally from Port Coquitlam, Terry Fox embarked in a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research in 1981 after he lost his leg to the disease. Starting from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Fox managed to make it 5,000 km to Thunder Bay before his cancer came back.
Fox passed away on June 28, 1981, but his legacy lives on.
“Terry showed the world two things. First, that cancer research works. If Terry was born today, his cancer would be treatable because of the money he helped raise,” Premier Christy Clark said.
“And second, that we can all make a difference. The fact that there are now millions of people across 30 countries that participate in the Terry Fox Run is a testament to Terry’s legacy, his family and his supporters in British Columbia and around the world,” she added.
Here are 14 photos of the various Terry Fox runs that took place in Metro Vancouver over the weekend.
Steve just pulled of his first Port Moody Terry Fox run! 10 km in 59.34. First Canine in! (and prob would have been a lot faster if it wasn’t for all the pee breaks and the human on the other end of the leash ) 🐶 #terryfox #terryfoxrun #portmoody #parsonpower #vancouverdogs #dogsofinstagram #parsonrussellterrier #vancouverisawesome
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Huxley’s first Terry Fox run – so nice to see the amazing turnout… 36 years later Terry still inspires us all! @cityofpoco @terryfoxfoundation #terryfox #terryfoxrun #terryfoxrun2016
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After the race! 10k down! #terryfoxrun #portcoquitlam
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And we’re off for the annual #TerryFoxRun in support of cancer research. #FSValues #FourSeasons
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#beaversrugby minis proudly representing the rugby club in support of the #terryfoxrun! Good work girls and boys! #terryfox #charityrun #charity #community #rugbyfamily #rugby #clubrugby
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