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Sunday September 18th, 2016

Posted at 1:05pm

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Cancer survivors kicking off the 2016 Terry Fox Community Fun Run.

Today the annual Terry Fox Community Fun Run took Place in Tecumseh, a family event that raises money for cancer research.

Held in honour of Fox’s Marathon of Hope, which took place in 1980, Tecumseh’s version of the run has raised over $500,000 since 2005. This year’s run featured thirty-four registered teams and hundreds of participants who came together to walk, run, and bike a route through Tecumseh.

Mayor Gary McNamara stated during the opening ceremony that about half of the attendees came in from municipalities other than Tecumseh.

“In one generation we have doubled the chance of surviving childhood cancer,” said event chair Jan Wright during her opening speech, commenting on the importance of these fundraising events, and Canada’s role in worldwide cancer research.

The work of over one hundred volunteers made this event possible, and at about 9:30 a group of red-clad cancer survivors officially kicked off the walkathon.

A boisterously cheering crowd then left Green Acres Optimist Park as Eye of the Tiger played through the P.A.

One of two Tecumseh Fire Fighters who participated in the event wearing full gear.

 

Rosie the Clown leading the pack of cyclists taking off from Green Acres Optimist Park this morning.

Rosie the Clown leading the pre-run stretches.

Event co-chair Kayla Robillard at the opening ceremonies.

Event chair Jan Wright speaking on the importance of cancer research fundraising.

Tecumseh mayor Gary McNamara, who is celebrating five years of being cancer free, welcoming event attendees.

Local kids leading the crowd in the national anthem.

Local sportscaster Steve Bell from AM800 MC’d today’s event, including recounting his time seeing Terry Fox run outside of Sudbury in 1980.

 

 

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