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Monday, February 14, 2011

Join the 2011 Terry Fox Run in Fujairah for Cancer Research

First Time
Higher Colleges of Technology—Fujairah, with the help of a number of community partners, is pleased to take the lead in organizing the first of what is hoped will become an Annual Terry Fox Run in Fujairah.

Date and Times
+ The event will take place at the Fujairah Corniche on Saturday February 26, 2011.
+ Registration is between 8-9.45am.
+ The run/walk/ride will begin at 10.00am.

Who is Terry Fox?
A Canadian, Terry Fox was only 20 years old when he lost his right leg to cancer. He decided to run across Canada in order to raise money for cancer research. On April 12, 1980, Terry set out from the farthest point on the East Coast of Canada. Sadly the cancer spread to his lung and he was forced to abandon the course on September 1, 1980, after 143 days running 5373km! Terry died on June 28, 1981 at the age of 22.

‘We Need Others to Continue’
Terry’s Marathon of Hope captured the nation’s attention. He was proclaimed a national hero, and since then Terry Fox Runs have taken place annually all across Canada and in other countries around the world.

More than 1.5 billion AED has been raised for cancer research.

UAE Cancer Research
When a run takes place outside of Canada, the money from the event stays in the country where the run is held. In keeping with the vision and principles of Terry Fox, all money raised from the Fujairah Terry Fox Run will support cancer research in the UAE.

Run, Walk, Cycle…
While this is called a ‘run’, it is an all-inclusive family-oriented event that is non-competitive. Participants can run, walk, skip, roller blade, cycle etc!

Money, Money, Money
+ There’s no registration fee.
+ Donations will be gratefully received.
+ Terry Fox T-Shirts will be available for purchase—Sizes S, M & L—for AED 20.
+ All funds raised from the sale of the shirts will go to this worthy cause.
+ Donations can also be made at the Emirates National Bank of Dubai, Account 02 11 0118 02 001.

Terry Fox Run in Abu Dhabi (18 February 2011).
Terry Fox Run Expected to Draw Thousands, The National. (Al Ain, RAK, Fujairah...)
The Terry Fox Run—website.
The Terry Fox Foundation on Facebook. Read the stories of people who are helped by money raised on these runs.

Like this recent one by Jessica Savoie:
Hello, Terry Fox, is the reason why i am still alive today, i had just turned 22 when i was diagnosed, and my life felt like it was put on the line, you don’t know what to think or do, but i battled it, for a year before i was diagnosed cured. Thank you To Terry Fox and his family ♥ Because of you guys, i was able to battle cancer. I am now going to concentrate on spending my time and my life, talking to individuals about my experience, not only as a patient but also a survivor.

Fujairah for Life
The Fujairah Terry Fox Run is going to be a fun event and it will build community spirit in the emirate. It is good to be involved in an activity that will increase scientific and medical research that will ultimately enhance the lives of many people living in this country.

“Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going.”
Terry Fox, 10 July 1980.

Geoff Pound (Most of the information was provided by Donna Wilson, HCT)

This article is also placed on the Fujairah in Focus Facebook Page where any updated information will be posted.

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