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Honouring his hero

Queen's University hosts 31st annual Terry Fox Run.

A 31-year tradition continues on Sunday, Sept. 18 as Queen’s University hosts the annual Terry Fox Run. This year’s organizer Cameron Bell (Sc’18) says the Queen’s Run has generated $196,724 in its long history and his goal this year is to top the $200,000 mark.

The event is run through the Queen’s Engineering Society. However, in an effort to include the wider campus community, Mr. Bell has recruited a team of 30 volunteers from various faculties and partnered with the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society to make the event the biggest yet.

Participants make their way through the course during last year's Terry Fox Run at Queen's University.

 “Terry Fox is my hero,” says the rookie coordinator. “When I was named to this position, I went home and watched the entire Terry Fox documentary. I started participating in the Terry Fox Run in grade school and still have the t-shirts. I’ve always been passionate about this - it takes everyone to find a cure for cancer.”

Registration for the Run starts at 10 am on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Integrated Learning Centre in Beamish-Munro Hall. The opening ceremonies are set to begin at 10:45 am at the Clark Hall Pub on the Queen's campus by the bookstore. At 11 am sharp, the 3.75 kilometer Run gets underway. The day finishes with a free barbecue back on the Clark Hall Pub patio.

Mr. Bell reminds participants that the run isn’t a race. Rather,it is a tribute to the legacy of Terry Fox and a key fundraising event. Participants can run, walk, cycle, or roll along the course.

The run is open to Queen’s students, faculty, staff and the greater Kingston community. Those interested in participating are encouraged to visit the event’s official page to register for the Run or arrive on Sunday morning and sign up then. For more information about the Terry Fox Foundation, please visit the website.