Hundreds of runners hit the pavement in Victoria Sunday for the 2022 Terry Fox run.
Participants from all walks of life came together for the 42nd anniversary of the run.
The runs are a legacy of Terry Fox’s marathon of hope that took place in 1980. Fox ran an average of 42 kilometres every day for 143 days to raise money and awareness around finding a cure for cancer.
Seeing that legacy continue means a lot to those who knew him. Darren Wark, Fox’s cousin, says although Fox would’ve shied away from taking the credit, he would’ve been very happy with how many people have given back to cancer research since his passing in 1981.
“I’m related to Terry so seeing people come out every year to support what Terry started makes me emotional,” said Fox. “I think he’d be over the moon excited to know how far cancer research has gone and how he has impacted treatment.”
The marathon of hope has raised over $800 million dollars to date and continues to draw in people from all walks of life. Graham Twigg has taken part in the Terry Fox run for 20 years and had his wife sadly pass away from breast cancer in 2016.
He says much of why he and his late wife resonated with Fox is because of how he was one of the first notable figures to speak out on cancer research.
“This was pre-Instagram, there were no celebrities associated with it. He just did it because he thought it was the right thing to do,” said Twiggs.
This year’s run totaled at five kilometers alongside Dallas road. Many ran, walked, and even rollerbladed the route all to keep Fox’s hope of finding a cure still strong.