Valley effort exceeds $10,000 for Terry Fox Foundation

Over $10,000 was raised for the Terry Fox Foundation on Sept. 15 in the Comox Valley, and more funds are still rolling in.

Over $10,000 was raised for the Terry Fox Foundation on Sept. 15 in the Comox Valley, and more funds are still rolling in.

The local event kicked off at the Comox Valley Sports Centre, where 237 participants ran, walked and cycled their way along country roads with one-km, two-km, five-km and 10-km routes ensuring there was something for everyone.

There were many long time runners in the crowd and a few enthusiastic teams who rallied together to raise funds, carrying on Terry Fox’s legacy to outrun cancer.

Team Muddy Paws had a fantastic time at the run. The group, which consisted of family members Angela, Heather and Tom Furlotte along with their good friend Lindsey Ponting and their furry friends Toby and Silky, collectively raised over $1,700.

Heather, a cancer survivor herself, met Terry Fox when he was running through Ontario so many years ago and has been continually been inspired by his determination and will to fight the disease.

Another Comox Valley team raising over $1,700 is Anna’s 2 Salon. This group of hairstylists demonstrated a strong sense of team spirit during the run. In addition to collecting pledges from family and friends the group had a jar in the salon for anonymous donations.

Many local businesses rallied around the run, donating draw prizes and resources. Participants enjoyed a wide selection of fruit from Thrifty Foods while snacking on pastries and yogurts from Quality Foods. Water Pure and Simple kept the crowd hydrated.

Over 40 volunteers worked together to make this event happen. The strong team spirit of the Glacier Kings hockey team was evident, as players cheered runners from the sidelines at water stations and marshalling sites along the route.

Longtime volunteer Pat Smith manned the merchandise table. “I’ve never missed a Terry Fox Run since it first started,” she said with a smile.

Organized by Active Comox Valley, with the help of Valley-wide municipal recreation departments and volunteer citizens, the Terry Fox Foundation raises funds to support cancer research. This is the 33rd annual event and organizers were thrilled with the support of the community to ensure this event’s success. If anyone missed the run and is still interested in donating, they can go to www.terryfox.org.

— Active Comox Valley

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Bad blood’ over pathology issue, says Island Health medical director

Regional hospital district board pushes for pathology service in Courtenay, Campbell River

Suspect robs store, stabs clerk in Courtenay

Comox Valley RCMP are looking for suspect in Ryan Road incident

Cumberland considers shift to slower speeds

Some on council prefer targeted over blanket approach

Cumberland residents reminded to be aware of bears

Village is working with WIldSafeBC to reduce interactions with animals

CFB Comox military police are looking for help into store theft

Police want to identify two individuals they think might have information

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

Courtenay event protesting old-growth logging part of a province-wide rally

Similar rallies in communities throughout B.C. on Sept. 18

Comox Valley Beefs & Bouquets, week of Sept. 15

Beef to the gnome thief; bouquet to dental hygienists

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Most Read