By Jeremy Fraser
Sept. 29, 2015
David MacLean remembers being inspired as be watched Terry Fox on TV running his marathon of hope in 1980.
“To see someone put the effort and dedication to a cause to help others was truly amazing to watch.”
That’s why, rain or shine, MacLean’s family makes the run an annual event each September.
They are not alone. Rain didn’t stop residents from participating in this year’s annual run as close to 100 participants raised $2,000 for cancer research at the Francis MacKinnon Memorial Track on Sept. 20 in New Waterford.
Bobby Aucoin has been involved in the Terry Fox run for the past 20 years. He has been the organizer of the New Waterford event for the past 15.
He was happy with the run, he said.
“I’m very grateful to all the regulars, who show up faithfully, every year.”
Despite weather conditions, the run was able to maintain its average attendance numbers, said Aucoin.
“A huge thank you to those who made the effort to attend on Sunday. Many people seemed to dig deeper and and give a few more dollars.”
Terry Fox was 18 when he lost his right left to cancer. In February, 1979, he started training for his marathon of hope, a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research and awareness.
He started his run on April 12, 1980 in St. John’s, Nfld. He ran an average of 42 kilometres a day through six provinces before stopping outside of Thunder Bay, Ont., after cancer spread to his lungs.
His goal was to raise $1 from every Canadian.
Each September, Canadians from coast-to-coast hold an annual run in Terry’s name. This year’s event marked the 35th anniversary of the run.
Darren O’Quinn has been supporting the Terry Fox Run for as long as he can remember. It’s nice to see the community support, he said.
“Every year the run gets a good attendance. No matter how big the town is, the residents always support.”
O’Quinn spoke highly of Aucoin for continuing the run in town.
“Bobby is an outstanding volunteer who has always shown dedication towards organizing the run each year. He doesn’t get enough credit for what he does.”
Over the past 10 years, the New Waterford run has contributed over $50,000 towards cancer research.
Aucoin thanked the Lions and Rotary Clubs of New Waterford and the Breton Education Centre Interact Club for its continued support, Krystal “Cookie” MacLeod, who ran 35 laps around the track in memory of Terry Fox, and Jeffrey MacAulay and family who raised $393, to lead the top fundraiser.