The Liberty Village Terry Fox RunNeighbourhood | Written on September 8, 2016
The Terry Fox Foundation is synonymous with promise, courage and hope in the fight against cancer. It’s been around for several decades and was inspired by the indelible spirit of its namesake, Terry Fox, a Canadian athlete who persevered in his battle against cancer to run more than 3000 miles across Canada over the course of almost 150 days in order to raise awareness and money for cancer research. Because of his incredible strength, every year, people in more than 60 countries across the world run in his honour, not only to help keep his memory and dream alive but also to contribute towards a cure for a disease that touches millions of lives across the globe every day.
This year, Liberty Village will be one of thousands of neighbourhoods across Canada that will be hosting a Terry Fox run. On September 18, Villagers will bike, walk, blade or run to help raise money for cancer research in Canada. It’s a non-competitive event and there’s no entry fee and no minimum amount required to participate. It really is as much about awareness (which in turn drives fundraising for this very important cause) as it is about a shared experience among people who understand the far-reaching consequences of this disease.
One of our neighbourhood’s own is behind the planning of the Liberty Village Terry Fox Run. Jagger Long, who we introduced to you previously in our Liberty Village Cares Social Fundraiser Live in Liberty blog post, has been hard at work, helping to orchestrate another great and very worthwhile community event. His efforts have been ongoing and many in our neighbourhood have already seen the posters all around Liberty Village and even had conversations with co-workers and friends throughout Liberty Village about the ways that you they can be a part of the run in Liberty Village.
There are several different ways to get involved. You can put up posters in your building or area to help raise awareness for the run. You can also volunteer your time and expertise to raising donations. This can take whatever form you’re comfortable with, be it a donation box at your office or an after-work social event where friends and family can donate or you can even send a few emails to let people know that you’ve gotten involved in this initiative and that they can donate online.
You can also choose to donate in memory of someone, to support a group or person who is raising funds for the run or you can personally donate to cancer research in Canada. The Terry Fox Foundation also offers several avenues to give lifelong gifts – through bequests, gifts of life insurance, publicly traded securities, RRSPs and RRIFs.
And of course, you can participate in the run. And because we are Liberty Village, in addition to all the ways that we’ve mentioned that you make your way to the finish line, you are also welcome to bring your dogs, on leash, with you to share the experience.
Villagers, we’re sure that you’re anxious to know the next steps to be a part of this event. There’s a Terry Fox Run Liberty Village webpage that’s been set up where you can sign up and also donate or if you simply want to know about the Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research you can visit the main website. The Liberty Village run will take place on Sunday, September 18 and will start and end at Liberty Village Park (between East Liberty and Strachan). On event day, registration opens at 9:00am. The run will take place from 10:00am to 1:00pm and will include 3 different options for course lengths: 3km, 5km and 10km. There will be refreshments on site as well as an area for kids to hang out and play. It’s also helpful to know that the Liberty Village route is wheelchair, stroller and bicycle accessible.
Liberty Village Clean, LOCAL Public Eatery, Louie Craft Coffee have put up posters or formed teams to support this event. And of course, so have we! There are several posters on display at Liberty Central By The Lake Two and we also have pledge forms available. Lots of other organizations and businesses throughout Liberty Village are getting involved as well! It’s not too late for you to become a part of the Liberty Village Terry Fox Run! For additional information, you can visit the Liberty Village run’s Facebook page. We hope to see you there!