Forty-three years ago Terry Fox inspired hundreds of area residents and visitors at the Orillia Aqua Theatre with his determination and resilience.
The all-volunteer Orillia Terry Fox Run organizing committee and community partners are giving everyone an opportunity to celebrate and share how Terry’s remarkable story continues to inspire people. Replicating the avalanche of mail he received during and after the Marathon of Hope, everyone is invited to submit their #DearTerry messages for a chance to be featured in this year’s campaign, including on a custom made commemorative #DearTerry poster designed by famed artist Mutant 101® to be released on run day.
To share your #DearTerry message:
- Pick up and drop off your pre-addressed, personalized Dear Terry postcards at Audies Hair Design or Midas Orillia (other locations will be added – follow us on social media)
- Submit your #DearTerry messages or photo files online at terryfox.org , or
- Share on social using #DearTerry and tagging @terryfoxfoundation and #TerryFoxRunOrillia
The local committee also needs your help to let everyone know that the community run site is shifting for this year to Tudhope Park and to encourage advance registration online to raise or donate funds.
At the first post-pandemic Orillia Terry Fox Run in 2022, participants and volunteers raised a record shattering $51,222.56 for research into all forms of cancer. The total also surpassed the perennial one-dollar-per-Orillia resident goal for the 14th consecutive year, bringing the cumulative total raised to $905,248.24.
Many area residents still remember July 27th, 1980, the day hundreds of people gathered to hear Fox speak as part of the original Marathon of Hope for cancer research. Terry celebrated his 22nd birthday the next day.
Terry Fox Runs will be held on Sunday, September 17th in Orillia, Gravenhurst, Barrie, Heart of Georgian Bay (Midland area), Sugarbush (Oro-Medonte), Lagoon City-Brechin, Beaverton and across Canada.